Children with Cancer UK named as RUNFEST's Charity of the Year 2020

The Richmond RUNFEST is proud to announce Children with Cancer UK is the new Charity of the year for 2020. Over 150 runners will be taking on the Kew Gardens 10k, the Richmond Half & Richmond Marathon for Children with Cancer UK on 12th & 13th September. Money raised will go directly into funding groundbreaking research to improve survival rates of children with cancer and raise awareness to inspire others to help. Jade Bedford, Head of Charities at RUNFEST says: “Children with Cancer UK have been a part of this event since 2015 and it’s been a joy to work with such a dedicated children’s charity and see their fundraising grow significantly each year. Now as headline charity we have a real opportunity to hit new targets and encourage more participants to support this wonderful cause.” Children with Cancer UK Acting CEO Mark Brider said: “We are delighted to be supporting Richmond RUNFEST as Charity of the Year 2020. Through this partnership, we hope to inspire even more supporters to pick up their running shoes and take on sporting events across the country in aid of Children with Cancer UK. This partnership will help us raise awareness and funds for vital lifesaving childhood cancer research and support our vision of a world where no child dies of cancer.” Every Children with Cancer UK runner will get frequent training and fundraising tips as well as two training days with the RUNFEST team and a VIP party for their family and friends at the post-race music festival.

Updated: 15th November 2019

£20m raised for Cancer Research UK by Ultra Events

Ultra Events was started by former fitness trainer Jon Leonard at a Derby gym, after he had the idea of staging ‘white collar’ boxing events. With the hope of raising a 'few quid' for charity. Four years after Jon Leonard started the organisation in 2013, he had the idea of becoming a charity partner with Cancer Research UK. From then onwards, anyone who wanted to enter the competition ring needed to raise at least £50.00 for the charity. And for as long as tickets were sold for the show and funds were raised for Cancer Research UK, in return he offered 8 weeks of intensive training for their event free of charge. One of the Ultra White Collar Boxing events staged in London in May raised over £76,000 on the night, becoming their largest fundraising event so far. Now that £20mln has been raised, Ultra Events is now seeking to hit £25mln.

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