Dearne cancer patients stride ahead for charity

Runners take part in anannual fun run for the Aurora Centre in Doncaster.

Runners take part in anannual fun run for the Aurora Centre in Doncaster.

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A Dearne cancer patient joined hundreds of well-wishers to take part in an annual fun run to help other people suffering from the disease.

Paul Nugent, 54, of Wombwell, who has stage three prostate cancer, was on the start line with more than 100 fellow runners for the 5K race at Doncaster Athletics Track last weekend.

He completed the run in 24 min 13 secs and helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Aurora Centre charity, which has a centre in Mexborough and provides morale boosting beauty tips to cancer patients across the region.

Mr Nugent said he wanted to give something back to the people who have helped him through his treatment and urged others to help raise funds for the cause.

He said: “It was great to see people stepping out for the day to support such a great charity. They are a great help to me.”

Organisers hope the race, held for the seventh year, will beat last year’s total of £4000.

Aurora fundraiser Emma McKay said: “The event has been a huge success.

“It was very well attended once again and was really heart-warming to see that many people on the start line.

“We are already planning the date for next year which will be on June 20.

“I would like to thank Kev Lincoln from Doncaster Athletics Track. His help has been invaluable.”

The run was officially started by Pat Haith, Civic Mayor of Doncaster.

For more information about Aurora and to donate visit website www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk or ring 03000 111202.