Published: 05 Sep 2013

JENNINGS Ford’s Commercial Sales Centre in Middlesbrough has stepped in to support a local businessman taking part in the Redcar Half Marathon and raising money for charity this weekend.

Thomas Bunn, 52, from Middlesbrough and managing director of Laminate Products Direct Ltd, turned to his local Ford dealer for support when he decided to take part in the half marathon and raise money for the ‘Children with Cancer UK’.

Despite being a keen runner, this is the first time Thomas will be taking part in an event to raise money for charity.

Thomas said; “When I decided to take part in the half marathon I sourced a list of charities, there are so many people needing support and fundraising, but it was the ‘Children with Cancer UK’ which stood out for me.”

Since March, Thomas has been following a strict training regime, which has contributed towards gradually increasing his time and distance in order to successfully complete the event on Sunday. In addition to this, he has also successfully completed a number of Park Runs and also taken part in five and 10 kilometre road races.

As a result of the generous support and fundraising he has received to date, which is nearing the £1000 mark thanks to the most recent donation from Jennings Ford, Thomas has made a pledge to do at least one event each year for a worthy cause.

Alan Bailes, general commercial sales manager at Jennings Ford, said;

“Thomas has been a loyal customer and purchased a number of vehicles from our dealership over the past decade. When we heard he was taking part in the run and raising money for such a worthy cause, we were more than willing to step in and help out by making a donation.

“We would like to wish him every success in the event and with his fundraising.”

The Redcar Half Marathon, which is taking place on Sunday 29th September at 10am, is in its 31st year. The run starts and finishes at Redcar Leisure Centre on Majuba Road in Redcar.

If you would like to sponsor Thomas Bunn, visit

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford’s Commercial Sales Centre contact 01642 209100.

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