Father and son take on fundraising challenge for The Christie

Press release posted 02 February 2015

A father and son duo are gearing up to take on the Virgin London Marathon to raise funds for The Christie.

Peter Paton, 49, and George Paton, 19, will be running the 26 miles in memory of their nephew and cousin, Tom Paton who was treated at The Christie.

Tom, who sadly passed away aged just 17, was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged three, before beating the disease and living a normal life for the next 14 years. But in late 2010 doctors found the tumours were back, he died five months later, in March 2011.

The Paton family have been tirelessly fundraising ever since to raise the £15,000 needed to get his name on the Tree of Hope at The Christie, where lost loved ones can be immortalised with a permanent brass plaque.

Peter, who secured his place at the Virgin London Marathon through the public ballot and is fundraising on behalf of The Christie said: "The whole family has been fundraising since Tom passed away.

"My son did the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride, I took part in Movember last year and my daughter ran a 10k in Manchester last year. The family has organised music events, and every year, on Tom's birthday, his parents Karen and Steve organise a fundraising event for his friends and family to remember him."

The family hit their £15k target recently but are determined to keep fundraising.

George, who secured his place at the marathon by becoming a Christie golden bond runner and pledging to raise £2,000 said: "My dad and I knew we wanted to do something together to fundraise for Tom as we'd fundraised separately in the past. Around the same time we were watching last year's marathon and we thought why not, let's do a final push to get the leaf on The Christie's Tree of Hope.

"Running the marathon is a nice way to remember Tom and a great personal achievement for my Dad and I. It's another way for the family to keep Tom's memory alive and raise vital funds for other cancer sufferers."

Charlie Rowen, sporting events officer at The Christie charity said: "There are two ways to get a place for the London Marathon, either through the public ballot like Peter or by applying for a Christie charity place like George. We are thrilled that they are both part of Team Christie this year, along with our other fantastic marathon runners.

"Anyone with a public ballot place can choose to run and raise money for The Christie, if you would like to join our team please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you. We support all of our runners with a welcome pack, fundraising support, and a Team Christie running vest to wear on the day. We will also be there on route to cheer our runners on and meet them afterwards for a well-earned rest."

The Christie charity's fundraising work supports the Trust's ambition to lead the development of cancer treatment and research and become one of the top five cancer centres in the world by 2020.

For more information ring 0161 446 3400, email events@christies.orgor visit www.christies.org.