The Great North Run welcomes 57,000 runners to tackle the world’s biggest half marathon and this September, Brian Bannister, Co-Founder of Coolblades Salon Supplies will be one of them. Brian is currently in training and fund raising for Bowel Cancer UK. Brian is confident that by September he will be able to comfortably cover the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shiels and has big ambitions to raise a target amount of £2000 for the charity. Brian says “My wife and business partner, Julie, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September last year. It’s a scary time for our family and the challenges for the NHS presented by the pandemic have not made the process easier. Thankfully, Julie has a robust treatment plan that is well under way. I decided to turn this experience into something positive and the fundraising run seemed the ideal way.”
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and nearly 43,000 people are diagnosed each year. While most cases of bowel cancer are identified in the over 50’s, it can affect people of any age. Bowel Cancer UK raises awareness of the disease to achieve early diagnosis and offers specialist training for healthcare professionals along with funding research. Brian has set up his own Just Giving page and every penny raised will go the charity. Just click the link to donate.