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Spalding pals raise nearly £40,000 for Cancer Research

Pictured (from left) are Ian Haynes, Ben Petts of Cancer Research UK, and Duncan Wright. (2269546)
Pictured (from left) are Ian Haynes, Ben Petts of Cancer Research UK, and Duncan Wright. (2269546)

A dynamic duo waging their own war on cancer have raised nearly £40,000 for vital research.

Lifelong pals Ian Haynes and Duncan Wright, both 52, began raising cash for Cancer Research in 2011 after Ian had a cancer diagnosis.

Their birthdays are in January so they launched their fundraising drive initially with an 80s party.

Proceeds from their eighth successive 80s party at the South Holland Centre amounted to £4,000.

And Duncan, who ran the New York Marathon, added a mighty £4,327.66 to the pot.

The parties and Duncan's two marathon runs, including London in 2011, have now taken their grand total raised so far to just under £40,000.

The pair have thanked all of their supporters, each party attracts around 250 people, and the sponsors who dug deep to back Duncan's marathon runs.

Duncan said Ian was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and when he came through that in 2011 they decided to have their first fundraiser.

He said: "We had been talking about an 80s party for many years and that was the catalyst for organising one."

The "proper, old school vinyl disco" was so much fun for them and their guests that it became an annual event.

As well as people hitting the dance floor for a good cause, there are many who donate in other ways.

"We have a lot of supporters for the raffle and the silent auction," said Duncan.

The friends, who live in Spalding, are very proud of the total they and their supporters have raised so far and Ben Petts, from Cancer Research, has invited them to look around one of the charity's units in Cambridge to see where the money goes.

Sadly the impetus for raising money is always there.

"We are of that age where, unfortunately, the 'big C' just seems to be more prevalent," said Duncan.

He says no year goes by, from one party to the next, when they don't learn of someone new among their supporters, friends and family who are battling cancer.

Completing last year's New York Marathon made it a hat-trick of marathons for Duncan, who first ran London in 2006.

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