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Belfast funeral worker honours late father by raising £1,500 in sponsored run

Despite not being a regular runner, Kenny Humphries, Embalmer at James Brown & Sons Funeral Directors, decided to push himself beyond the charity’s 26.2-mile Run the Month: Marathon Edition challenge for his dad.

Kenny said: “I was able to run 26.2 miles in a week but didn’t want to stop there. I was shocked at how quickly I reached my £1,400 goal and I’m incredibly grateful for the more than £1,500 we ended up raising.”

Kenny’s father Kenneth Humphries, a family man who worked at the Harland & Wolff shipyard for 19 years as a steelworker then Howden Sirocco as a forklift driver, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in December 2017 and passed away in August 2019.

His son wanted to pay tribute and support Prostate Cancer UK. However, the Covid-19 outbreak made fundraising activities difficult to organise.

He said: “When Prostate Cancer UK’s Run the Month challenge launched this year, on what would have been my dad’s 69th birthday, I just had to take the opportunity.”

Kenny created a fundraising page where friends, family and colleagues were able to donate towards Prostate Cancer UK.

He regularly posted pictures of his running routes, which took him around Victoria Park, the Sydenham Bypass and the Comber Greenaway, to encourage donations.

He said: “I hope the funds I’ve raised will help support other men in similar circumstances to those my dad found himself in.”

Nicola Tallett, Head of Fundraising & Supporter Engagement at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re incredibly proud that Kenny joined our team of remarkable runners in taking on Run the Month: Marathon Edition and raised vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK. 

“The Run the Month runners have well and truly shown how families, friends and communities can work together, locally and across the UK to help save lives. We thank Kenny and everyone who is taking part in Run the Month – and all of our fundraisers – for their support.” 

To sponsor Kenny, visit his Run the Month fundraising page.

For more information about Run the Month, visit runthemonthme.prostatecanceruk.org

To take on Prostate Cancer UK’s 30-second online risk checker, go to prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker.

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