Great North Run
Neil was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) in October 2010 after the blood donor service advised him to see his GP following abnormal blood test results. Around 550 people are diagnosed with CML in the UK every year. In the short time that Neil has been living with CML his thoughts have turned to raising money for a charity that invests funds into finding a cure for blood cancers, and for this reason Neil chose to support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Neil will be taking on the Great North Run on 18 September and has already raised an amazing £4,491 through sponsorship and fundraising events. Neil has always been active and has completed seven Great North Runs in the last ten years! He says “the drug which I now take (Imatinib – also known as Glivec) can cause muscle and joint aches and cramps, which I suffered from in the early days of my treatment. But despite that I’ve decided to take part in two stamina busting events in 2011. First up was the Coast to Coast cycle with the lads from my work and then it’ll be Great North Run number eight in September!”
As part of his fundraising for the half marathon, Neil organised a race night at Bedlington Social Club, his colleagues helped organise a cake day at work, his company donated proceeds from a charity raffle and he has been sponsored individually by friends and family. Neil also took part in a 140 mile Coast to Coast cycle ride with colleagues from his company Renolit Cramlington Ltd in June, raising a further £2,400.
Neil’s whole family has got involved in raising funds - his sister Kaye and her work cycled the border of Northumberland in June, and his Uncle George and Auntie Irene held an open garden event at their home. At the Great North Run Neil will have the support of friends from Bedlington Terriers FC running alongside him (Neil is a voluntary committee member at the club).
You can sponsor Neil at justgiving.com/neildouglass