Midcounties Co-operative colleagues to run London Marathon in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Stuart and fellow runner, Lucy Taylor

Stuart and fellow runner, Lucy Taylor

A team of colleagues from The Midcounties Co-operative are reaching for their running shoes to race the London Marathon and raise £10,000 for the Society’s charity partner Teenage Cancer Trust.

Four colleagues, including avid runner Stuart Newman, district manager in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, are taking part in intense training regimes to help them complete the 26.2 mile course on 13 April 2014.

With the support of customers, colleagues and friends, each runner is looking to raise £2,500 to help smash The Midcounties Co-operative’s £500,000 fundraising target for Teenage Cancer Trust. The partnership is now in its second year, and forms part of the Society’s Social Responsibility commitment to give back to and help develop the communities in which it trades.

By the end of the fundraising partnership Teenage Cancer Trust will be able to provide 20,000 hours of essential nursing care for young people with cancer. Colleagues have already raised over £200,000 for the charity, after smashing the Society’s first year fundraising target in just nine months.

Newman said: “Running the London Marathon is a huge challenge but one that I am really looking forward to. I’m throwing myself wholeheartedly into my training schedule to make sure I’m ready for the big day and can raise thousands of pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust.”

Maxine Sharman, head of community engagement at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Supporting our local communities is a core value for The Midcounties Co-operative, and our colleagues are determined to raise as much money as possible for Teenage Cancer Trust. The marathon is one of a number of initiatives taking place this year to help us achieve this and support the charity’s efforts to help change the lives of young people battling cancer.”

Anybody interested in sponsoring Stuart and the team can make a donation at this website: www.virginmoneygiving.com/SJN