Cancer aid races past £250,000

Proceeds from a family fun run and walk in Manchester on Sunday lifted the funds raised in memory of a young local cancer victim beyond £250,000.

Robert Broude died, aged 19, in 2004 from a rare form of pelvic cancer. He had discussed with staff at Manchester's Christie Hospital how best to help other young cancer sufferers and money is being raised for a young-oncology unit in his name.

Over 400 people took part in Sunday's event in Heaton Park, Prestwich, held under the aegis of the Children's Aid charity and raising £10,000.

Peter Broude, Robert's father, felt "humbled by the response to the run and to whatever fundraising we do. We're honoured that people want to contribute."

Committee chairman Mike Hymanson hoped the event would be staged annually and was already looking for a turnout of 1,000 next year.

Peter and his wife Helena also support parents in similar situations and have been in contact with families in Florida and Ohio.

    Last updated: 2:35pm, September 22 2009