Published: 29 Aug 2018

Charity champions gear up for Great North Run in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Two members of staff at Jennings Motor Group, are stepping out in a bid to raise money for the company’s 2018 nominated charity, Teenage Cancer Trust in the North East.

Mathew Abson, 24, from Newton Aycliffe, works as a commercial vehicle sales executive within the group’s Transit Centre, and Luke Chivers, 23, from Guisborough, is employed as a sales executive at the company’s SEAT dealership in Middlesbrough.

In preparation to take part in the world’s greatest half marathon, the dedicated duo have been pushing their stamina to the max, and it’s all been with one objective in mind – to raise as much money as possible for Teenage Cancer Trust to help young people with cancer in the North East.

Matt Abson, commercial sales executive at Jennings Ford Transit Centre in Middlesbrough, said; “Taking part in the Great North Run is something I’ve always wanted to do and feel part of, but raising money for such a worthy cause and helping young people in the region, is our main goal.”

Teenage Cancer Trust provides life-changing care and support to teenagers and young adults, so they don’t have to face cancer alone.

Sonia Graham, regional fundraiser at Teenage Cancer Trust, said; “We are so grateful to Mathew and Luke for taking on the Great North Run for Teenage Cancer Trust.  Their fundraising and all of the support from Jennings Motor Group throughout the year will be used to ensure teenagers and young people with cancer get the best treatment, care and support – and ultimately ensure that no young person faces cancer alone.”

In addition to providing specialist cancer care for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 at The Great North Children’s Hospital, and 18 to 24 year-olds at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, the charity has also been working closely with smaller designated hospitals in the North East for young people aged between 18 and 24 who live further away from the two units in Newcastle, and who want to be treated closer to home and in an environment designed for their age-group. 

Funding and support has been provided at Sunderland Royal Hospital to develop a single en-suite room, and at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, the charity has funded the design work of three en-suite rooms and a recreational area for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

If you would like to support Mathew and Luke, visit their fundraising pages at

For more information about Teenage Cancer Trust, visit www.teenagecancertrust/org/

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