An uncle has so far raised almost £4,000 for charity in memory of his nephew who would have been 16 this year.
Chris Hogg and his brother Andrew, from Blyth, are this week cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for the North of England Childrens Cancer Research (NECCR) fund.
In September 2011 Chris lost his nephew Liam to cancer, at the age of 12.
Chris said: “This tragic event has inspired all of the family to get behind cancer charities and every year we all participate in the Greggs cancer fun run at Newcastle racecourse.
“This year I decided I wanted to do something a little more memorable in honour of Liam.
“I am now 40 and Liam would have turned 16 this year, so these are quite significant milestones for the both of us.”
The NECCR was chosen by Liam’s parents as a charity the family wished to support as the research it does specifically targets childhood cancers.
“I set up a JustGiving page with a target of raising £1,000 which would roughly mirror the 1,000 miles that I intend to cycle.
“I have since smashed that target and am well on course to raise in the region of £4,000 for the NECCR, thanks in no small part to my local junior football club, Blyth Rangers FC, who raised £1,100 for me by selling raffle tickets at their end of season presentation evenings.”
To donate to Chris’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/chrishogg