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Promenade Relay to raise money for leukaemia research

Last year's race

Last year's race

Fun runners and serious athletes from across the Isle of Man will again be competing for the chance to become KPMG Promenade Relay champions, this year with the chance to also win up to £300 in cash donations to their chosen charities.

The KPMG Promenade Relay, which is now in its second year, will be taking place on Friday, June 13.

The competitors will complete the 10km Douglas Promenade course in teams of either two or four in support of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and its mission to beat blood cancers.

The event is sponsored by The Claremont, ILS, Shoprite, Appleby, Barclays, RL360, Richmond Travel, Microgaming and the Douglas Development Partnership. Participants will also collect their own fundraising money in aid of KPMG’s chosen charity of the year, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, an organisation dedicated to delivering patient benefits throughout the UK and Isle of Man.

Event coordinator Paul Cawley of KPMG said: ‘Last year’s event raised over £13,000 for Rebecca House due to a large number of keen runners and fundraisers taking part.

‘There was certainly a great mix of runners, from those in fancy dress through to more competitive runners such as the winning team, “Twin Power” team consisting of brothers, Shaun and Jason Moore galloped home with a winning time of 34:46 seconds.

‘We are very excited to replay the event this year and are hoping for an even bigger turnout with entries already pouring in from across the island. Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is a fantastic charity to support, helping to prevent more deaths caused by blood cancers each year.

‘The charity also helps to make patients’ lives better and works hard to stop blood cancers from developing in the first place, benefiting people throughout the UK and Isle of Man. It is a cause that hits home with so many people across the island and I urge everyone who can to come down and show their support during what is certain to be another great event.’

Callum Mackay of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research UK added: ‘Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research has launched a series of programmes as a result of our research, each having an impact across the UK and also the Isle of Man.

‘Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) is a network of 13 hospitals co-ordinated by the central hub at Birmingham University, and all the early signs are suggesting that the network is successful.

‘The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is one of our TAP centres, which has close links with Noble’s Hospital and is where all blood cancer patients from the Isle of Man are referred. Some of our research has even benefited patients worldwide.

‘For example, the minimal residual disease test (MRD) for children, which measures the level of leukaemia cells left post-treatment, is now a standard test all children with the most common form of leukaemia and it allows treatments to be tailored to be most effective in beating the disease.

‘Continued support allows us to keep investing in ground breaking research to beat blood cancer. We are grateful to KPMG and the event’s sponsors for organising the Promenade Relay and hope it is a massive success.’

For more race information, entry and sponsorship forms, visit www.kpmg.co.im/promenaderelay, or contact the KPMG team directly at events@kpmg.co.im.

The Promenade Relay opens for sign on from 5pm for a 6pm start.

 

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