An anonymous donor has gifted £100,000 to a charity hoping to beat children’s cancer.
The wealthy benefactor’s generosity emerged as £265,406 was presented to the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund at the annual presentation for the Children’s Cancer Run at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
The £100,000 donation from the person who wishes to remain anonymous, was combined with the total raised by those who took part in this year’s run in May.
David Wood, NECCR chair, said: “The NECCR fund was set up to ensure that funds were raised to support research into children’s cancer, every year since we set up the fund people have done all sorts of weird and wonderful things to raise money for our cause.
“On behalf of the NECCR committee I want to sincerely thank our anonymous benefactor for their enormous generosity.
“It was certainly a great surprise and tremendous boost to our funds to receive such a large donation, and the fact that it was anonymous says a great deal about the donor.
“Our research team in Newcastle is at the forefront of developments and donations like this mean this cutting edge research can be extended.”
This year’s Run saw thousands take part in the five-mile cross country event to raise money in support of the charity which dedicates its resources to researching children’s cancers and developing treatments.
Sponsored by bakers Greggs it took place at Gosforth Park in Newcastle with more than 9,000 runners from across the region, who braved a the water-logged course.
At the cheque presentation, Chris Peacock, chairman of the run, said thank you to all those who organised, volunteered, ran and sponsored the event - making it one of the largest single charity fun runs in the world and certainly the biggest in Europe.
“I am continually amazed that after so many years we have such a dynamic organisation. We have a brilliant committee that work entirely for free.
“They ask for nothing in return and many have been with us for over 30 years,” he said.
The run began in 1983, when 100 students from King’s School in Tynemouth took part in the race to raise money for treatment for fellow student, the 32nd will be held at Newcastle Racecourse on May 11. Visit www.childrenscancerrun.co.uk