Guy Malam, managing director of Doncaster-based Tembé DIY & Building Products completed the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time on Sunday 24 April, alongside his fiancée Victoria Nicholson. Mr Malam was running to raise vital funds for Children with Cancer UK.
Having raised £4,000 so far, Mr Malam and the team at Tembé DIY continue to raise funds for the charity, and sales director Kevin Heath will be taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon for Children for Cancer UK in October. He hopes to have raised over £10,000 by the end of the summer and is running a promotion on HIPPO Heavy Duty Wipes. For every promotional pack of HIPPO Heavy Duty Trade Wipes sold, HIPPO will make a donation of 50p to Children with Cancer UK.
Children with Cancer UK is a national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. It funds life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer and works to protect young lives through essential welfare programmes.
London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher gave thanks to the Virgin Money London Marathon’s 2016 champions for helping to make the 36th edition “an incredible day” and a fitting tribute to the event’s co-founder John Disley, as record numbers crossed the Finish Line in The Mall.
“It was an incredible day,” said Mr Brasher. “We are delighted that 39,140 had finished by 18:00 on Sunday, which was far more than we expected. We’ll revise that number in time, but it means our one millionth finisher went over the Finish Line at around 16:17 and we will announce their name on 9 May."
Many of the staff at Tembé DIY live in and around Epworth and have been affected by the story of Epworth youngster Alexander Strong who was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma on Christmas Eve 2009. Sadly, he lost his battle in January 2013 after fighting the disease for two years from the age of five.
Mr Malam said: "Cancer is the biggest child-killer disease in the UK. Almost 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year and the incidence has been on the increase. There are more than 50 types of childhood cancer. Thanks to research funded by Children with Cancer UK survival rates for the most common form of childhood cancer, leukaemia, have increased dramatically over the past 50 years, but for some rare types of cancer survival rates remain at zero. Tembé are proud to continue doing its part to help raise money for a cure.”
To help Children with Cancer UK raise essential funds and continue the fight against childhood cancer, visit childrenwithcancer.org.uk to make a donation or find out how to get involved.
To donate to Mr Malam's Just Giving page, go to https://www.justgiving.com/Guy-Malam1.