Newcastle Dad runs 5km a day in January to raise funds for Tom’s Trust

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A dad from Heaton is running 5km a day in January to raise vital funds for Tom’s Trust, a children’s charity that provides psychological support to children with brain tumours and their families.

Darren Frazer, whose daughter Grace was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014 at just 18 months old, set himself the challenge to raise money for Tom’s Trust after receiving much-needed support from Tom’s Trust psychologists following his daughter’s diagnosis.

Grace has now been cancer-free for five years and is a happy and healthy 8-year-old, but the family still receives psychological support from clinical Psychologists at Great North Children’s Hospital – all of which is funded by Tom’s Trust charity.

Darren, who is also a personal trainer at James Garrity Fitness in Heaton, has set himself a fundraising target of £1000 by the end of January. £1000 is enough to provide psychological support for one child and their family for a year.

Last year, Darren and daughter Grace ran with record-breaking marathon runner, Ben Blowes, as part of Ben’s 31 marathon challenge. Ben ran for a different ‘star’ each day, wearing the name of a child on his vest. Each of those 31 children have had, or are currently battling, a brain tumour.

Darren said:

“It’s been a rocky road for Grace, but she has now been free of cancer for five years. Ben Blowes and I ran for Grace as part of his 31 Stars Marathon challenge. This year I wanted to set my own challenge to raise money for Tom’s Trust

We have received so much support from Tom’s Trust since Grace was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014. It is really important to me that this amazing charity can continue supporting families through a really challenging time.”


To donate to Darren, visit Darren Frazer is fundraising for Tom’s Trust (justgiving.com)

You can find out more about Grace’s journey via their Facebook page Facebook.com/Graceelizabethsjourney

To find out more about Tom’s Trust, visit www.tomstrust.org.uk


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