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Local accountant runs for brain cancer charity in Derby Half Marathon



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Ref: HWPR071                                                            Date: 2ndMay 2019

Local accountant runs for brain cancer charity in Derby Half Marathon


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Deep into training for the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon, a Staffordshire accountant is bidding to raise £5,000 for the UK's leading brain cancer charity.


Matt Bailey, who lives in Bramshall, near Uttoxeter and is managing director of Stafford-based Howards Chartered Certified Accountants, is fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity - a cause close to his heart. 


Teaming up with his cousin, Victoria Burchell, Matt will be running in memory of Simeon Bennett - his cousin and Victoria's brother - who sadly died from a glioblastoma brain tumour three years ago.


Matt says: "It came as such as shock to the family when Simeon was diagnosed with brain cancer back in 2015 and we all miss him very much. He endured treatment with dignity, doing his best to shelter us from the worst of the disease, and always had a smile on his face.


"By raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity, we hope that further research into high risk brain tumours will find more answers and help to provide a better outlook for people diagnosed with brain cancer and their families."


Through the SGB Charity Fund, a charitable foundation set up in Simeon's name, Matt and Victoria are hoping to raise £5,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. Anyone wishing to support the work of the UK's leading brain cancer charity can sponsor them at:


More children and adults aged 40 and under die from brain tumours than any other type of cancer andVictoria wanted to do something so that other families did not have to experience what hers went through. She founded the SGB Charity Fund in 2016 and to date it has raised £21,500 from a wide range of activities, including raffles, silver jewellery parties, car boot sales, charity balls and sponsored swims and bike rides as well as The Great North Run and London Marathon runs. All the money goes towards research into high grade brain tumours by The Brain Tumour Charity to help find a cure.


Victoria says: "Matt is always very supportive of my fundraising activities and regularly sponsors me.  I thought it was about time he got closer to the action and am delighted that he has taken up the challenge to run the Derby Half Marathon alongside me." 


The Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon takes place on June 9. Organised by Run For All, this year's event has an exciting new city centre start and finish in Iron Gate, close to Derby Cathedral. Popular landmarks remain along the new look route, which takes in Derby County's Pride Park Stadium, Alvaston Park and Elvaston Castle Country Park.


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Caption: Stafford accountant Matt Bailey will be running the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon on June 9 and is aiming to raise £5,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.



About Howards

Howards was founded in 2005 following the merger of Barrington's and Wood & Co, two well-established and successful Stafford firms of accountants. The combined experience and areas of individual expertise that the company now enjoys has been passed on to its clients, who all benefit from Howards' deeper knowledge base and wider range of professional services. As well as Managing Director Matt Bailey, the senior team at Howards consists of commercial and taxation specialist Ryan Hudson, audit expert Rebecca Nott - who has been with the firm for over 13 years - and Nick Archer, who specialises in client services and business development.


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