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Taqa Diamond Jubilee Mile supports good cause - 30 March 2012

RunBalmoral has added a new event to its running festival in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Diamond Jubilee Mile, sponsored by oil company TAQA, takes place on Sunday 29th April and is open to all ages and abilities. All competitors will receive a medal and commemorative Diamond Jubilee mug.

Gastrocan, the Grampian Gastro-oesophageal Cancer Research Fund, will receive £4 from every £5 entry fee. Gastrocan was chosen as the beneficiary of this race in memory of Pauline Bell, a keen runner who took part in RunBalmoral 2011 despite suffering from terminal cancer.  Her husband Jamie is very pleased that the charity which helped her in her illness is to benefit from the proceeds.

Jamie said:   “Pauline was a true inspiration to us all during her short illness. While we will always miss her, we also remember her determination, fighting qualities and sense of achievement shining through when she ran in last year’s Balmoral 5k race. 

I am grateful to RunBalmoral for marking Pauline’s memory by choosing GASTROCAN as its nominated charity for this year’s event.

Pauline received the best care possible from Dr Russell Petty and his team at ARI, but much more research is needed to combat the disease. Through our support, and that of many others, to GASTROCAN, we can hopefully raise the profile of this devastating illness and enhance Dr Petty’s research programme here in the North East”

Members of Mr Bell’s family along with pupils and parents connected to Crombie Primary School, Westhill and other supporters of Gastrocan are also running in some of the other races taking place at RunBalmoral 12.  Jamie will run in the 10k and daughters Kirstin and Lauren will run in the MPH 2.5 and 1.5K. 

Chris Dunridge, HR Manager at TAQA, is delighted the company is sponsoring The Diamond Jubilee Mile.

Chris comments: “Supporting charities in our local area is very important to TAQA and the Diamond Jubilee Mile provides participants with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery at Balmoral while raising funds for Gastrocan. It’s set to be a brilliant race - we’ll have a big team from TAQA taking part and we hope lots of others will take part too”.

Dr Petty, Consultant Oncologist in NHS Grampian/University of Aberdeen and founder of Gastrocan said:

 “We are very grateful   for the support from RunBalmoral, TAQA and Jamie and his family,  especially because research to improve the treatment of  stomach and oesophageal cancers   is a medical priority.  GASTROCAN provides vital support for our expanding  research programme in NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen and means that patients in the region are able to benefit by taking part in clinical research, for example in trials of the latest breakthrough drugs for the disease. Thanks to generous donations through GASTROCAN we are able to take the lead here in Grampian both nationally and internationally in research into these cancers and our research programme is a vital part of providing the highest quality of cancer care to our patients”

The Chair of RunBalmoral, James Knowles, said “over the years participants in RunBalmoral have raised thousands of pounds for a range of charities and I am delighted that we are able to commemorate the life of a keen runner like Pauline Bell by joining with TAQA to support a charity so close to her family’s heart.  I hope that lots of people will come to Balmoral Estate on Sunday 29 April to test themselves in the Diamond Jubilee Mile knowing they are directly supporting such a good cause.”

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