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Uttoxeter runner in marathon effort

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Jenny Moody

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A UTTOXETER father of two has pulled on his running shoes in support of a family friend battling cancer.

Matt Jackson, of Hill Close, completed the Potters 'Arf Marathon to raise £314 for the Teenage Cancer Trust in support of 17-year-old Eleanor Oldroyd, of Teanhurst Road, Tean, who is battling sarcoma.

The 30-year-old, who works in sales for Coca Cola, said he was more of a footballer than a runner but as he had not set himself a target he was surprised by the generosity of his friends, family and work colleagues to help him raise so much.

He told the Advertiser: "I've done it for the past two years (this was my third time) now and not only is it a challenge whilst raising money for such a worthy cause, I enjoy the occasion and the support of the people in Stoke on Trent along the route is absolutely fantastic.

"I would like to thank my friends, family and colleagues for sponsoring me."

Mr Jackson completed the marathon in two hours and seven minutes and was joined for the last part by his two daughters.

The 2014 marathon was sponsored by the Hanley Building Society this year and takes runners through the streets of Stoke, including Hanley, Adderley Green, Milton and Sneyd Green.

Eleanor, a former pupil of Thomas Alleyne's High School, was found to have undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma after discovering a small lump on her head in July last year.

The teenager is currently doing well as she fights the illness and she has now had the operation to remove the tumour.

She has had to put her studies in law, sociology and religious studies at Stoke Sixth Form College on hold.

Since her diagnosis, her friends and family have been thinking up ways to raise money for the charity which is supporting her and runs the unit she stays on at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Events so far have included a Beetle Drive, a friend shaving her head and a sky dive to name just a few.

Heather Bowen, regional fund-raising manager for the trust, said: "We are not a massive charity and all fund-raising helps enormously as we find a lot of people only learn about the trust when they need us."

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