Thirty Runners Will Make Team MesmerEyes for Charity Run
A team of over 30 Coventry and Birmingham locals dubbed #TeamMesmerEyez are joining forces to run the Coventry Half Marathon in a bid to raise £5,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust and help local young cancer patients across the West Midlands.
The team is being spearheaded by Haroon Mota who works as a Youth Support Coordinator on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward at University College Hospital in London. Haroon, a Coventry resident who commutes to London for work, chose to support Teenage Cancer Trust because he knows all too well how important it is to support young people with cancer so they don’t feel isolated.
Haroon says: “Teenage Cancer Trust is a truly amazing charity. It is vital that we continue to raise funds for them, as at the moment, for every young person the charity can help, there is another they can’t.”
Student Amandeep Dhaliwal, 17, from Coventry, knows first-hand the benefit of being treated on a Teenage Cancer Trust ward. Amandeep underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for over a year and a half and said: “Young people need the help and support of specialist wards and staff. The ward I was treated on in Birmingham had lots of activities so there is always something to do like watch Sky TV, play computer games. It’s also good to have support groups to go out with, like going to Nandos and bowling, so you don’t feel isolated and alone.”
The team of thirty mainly novice runners are training hard for the 13.1 mile race in Coventry on Sunday 1 March. The team have been sponsored by local cosmetic company MesmerEyez who have funded the teams’ registration fees and running vests.
Emily Cooper, regional fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust said: “We are loving working with #TeamMesmerEyez and can’t wait to cheer them along on the big day. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Haroon and his team the money raised will make sure young people with cancer in the West Midlands don’t feel so alone.”
To sponsor Haroon and his team visit www.justgiving.com/Teams/MesmerEyez15 or text MESM99 £3 or 5 to 70070.*