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Families to run for hospital

A dad of two who beat leukaemia is putting on his running shoes to raise funds for the hospital that helped to save his life.

Jeremy Clifton, 39, and his two children Heather, 10, and Sam, 9, will be among many families taking part in the Southampton Hospital Charity annual Family Fun Run on May 20.

Jeremy was given a bone marrow transplant at Southampton General Hospital in 2005 after been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia.

He has since gone on to represent Britain at the 2011 World Transplant Games in Sweden, where he won five medals.

The family are taking part in the event to raise funds for the charity’s main fundraising project, the £1.76million Red & White Appeal, to create a specialist treatment unit for patients with leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders from across the region.

More families are being urged to put on their trainers to take part in the event, which is aimed at runners of all ages and abilities.

The run takes place at the Sandy Balls Holiday Centre in the New Forest. The course is 5km long and those taking part can walk or run round. All the money raised from the fun run will go to Southampton General Hospital or Princess Anne Hospital.

Fundraising Officer, Suzie Simmons said, “We are really looking forward to this year’s Family Fun Run and we hope that people will take the opportunity to raise money for charity projects across the hospital, whilst enjoying a day out in the beautiful surrounding of Sandy Balls Holiday Centre.

“This will be a fantastic event for the whole family, so please do lace up your running shoes and join us.”

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