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Children’s cancer charity launches The Virtual Gold Ribbon Run

CHILDREN with Cancer UK, the national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer, is calling for participants to sign up to The Virtual Gold Ribbon Run across September to help raise funds in the fight against childhood cancer.

The event, taking place across the whole of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, allows fundraisers to set their own challenge where they can walk, jog or run 25km, 50km or 100km for the charity. Participants can choose to undertake their challenge all at once or break it down across the month and track their progress.

People can choose their own location for The Virtual Gold Ribbon Run: run around their local park, to the shops and back, or even in their garden and track using MapMyFitness or Strava. Those that raise over £100 will receive a Gold Ribbon Run medal.

Yvonne West, Sports Events Manager at Children with Cancer UK, explained:

“The Virtual Gold Ribbon Run is a great way for supporters of all abilities to get involved in fundraising by setting a target that best fits them. Whether you are a walker, jogger or runner, there is something for everyone.

“Over the past year, the world saw the incredible impact of Sir Captain Tom Moore taking up his own challenge at his own pace. The UK has also just had a fantastic summer of sport and applauding our Olympic medallists in Japan, which will have inspired millions to get exercising. Setting their own target and taking part in the Virtual Gold Ribbon Run could mean that a fundraiser could earn their own piece of ‘gold’ this year while also helping to raise much-needed funds for the fight against childhood cancer. Everyone’s fantastic efforts help to fund crucial research into better diagnosis and kinder and more effective treatments for young cancer patients.”

Over the past 33 years, the research funded by charities like Children with Cancer UK has helped drive up survival rates, and over three-quarters of young patients now survive. Yet there is still much more to do – around 4,500 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, and a core of high-risk cancers still elude successful treatment. This means around 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.

Every year Children with Cancer UK invests more than £5 million in life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer.

To help Children with Cancer UK raise essential funds and continue the fight against childhood cancer, please visit: childrenwithcancer.org.uk to make a donation or find out how to get involved. 

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