Press release: Mr Happy Ran Britain

11 May 2011
Leukaemia survivor completes over 1100 miles for leading children’s charity.

As seen on The One Show, BBC Grandstand & This Morning.

LAND’S END: Andy Jackson, aka Mr Happy, has today (Sunday 8 May 2011) completed his epic run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, via the Virgin London Marathon, after a staggering 71 days on the road, to raise vital funds for CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA (now known as Children with Cancer UK). 

Jackson, 26 from London, ran an average of 22 miles a day for 10 weeks to complete the gruelling challenge (a final total of 1110 miles), but enjoyed every minute.

Jackson said “I can’t believe we’ve done it and on schedule too!! It’s been the most challenging, but equally the most rewarding thing I have done in my entire life and it goes to prove that there is life after cancer! 

I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed almost every single minute of it, although I’m in no rush to do it all again!
It’s been the most challenging, but equally the most rewarding thing I have done in my entire life
A huge thank you to everyone who has kept me going through facebook and twitter and everyone who has donated to such a worthwhile cause, but most importantly a massive thank you to all my support team and in particular my father, who have been with me everyday. 

Without charities like CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA I may not have been here today and I want to give children the same chance that I’ve had”

Caroline Blakely, CEO of CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA said “Andy is an exceptional individual whose courage and determination is both humbling and inspiring.  We are enormously grateful to him for his commitment and enthusiasm in this remarkable achievement and the significant contribution he has made to our vital work to help save young lives.”
 
Jackson was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was 18 and ran his first marathon weeks BEFORE his life-saving bone marrow transplant.  Jackson astounded doctors by producing his first 'healthy' cells in record time, just in time, as days after leaving hospital his mum died of cancer. 

The journeyJackson’s mammoth journey started on Sunday 27 February and he received various messages of support through uTube from personalities including Will Greenwood and Linford Christie

Mr Happy ran through major cities, visited famous landmarks and attractions and took on various challenges including
  • skiing at Aviemore Ski Resort
  • Curling at the Youth World Championships
  • visited Edinburgh Castle
  • putted at Gleneagles
  • ski diving at Xscape
  • and popped into Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Alton Towers and Bristol Zoo.

Mr Happy appeared on several national TV shows including The One Show and This Morning and appeared at schools, cubs and brownies along the route that raised vital funds for CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA.

 
CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA is the leading national charity dedicated to fighting Britain’s most common childhood cancer.  The charity funds life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood leukaemia and works to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes.

Andy is an exceptional individual whose courage and determination is both humbling and inspiring.Andy and his family bravely chose to take part in a BBC1 documentary around the time of his treatment in an attempt to show others that cancer treatments weren’t to be feared (One Life Series). The documentary was a fitting tribute to the courage and determination shown by both Andy and his mother.

Support Mr Happy!To support Andy or read more about his amazing journey please log onto www.mrhappyrunsbritain.org

 
For more information or to arrange an interview

Please call Tina Price on 01258 861221/07966 239092 or email tina@tinapriceconsultants.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS/SUBS
When using the charity name CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA, please use full capitals for the words CHILDREN and LEUKAEMIA


Mr Happy Runs Britain details:


Text to Give:              Text HAPPY to 70003 (Donate £3*)

Website:                     www.mrhappyrunsbritain.org

Giving Page:               http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mrhappyrunsbritain

Facebook:                  www.facebook.com/mrhappyrunsbritain

Twitter:                      twitter.com/mrhappyontherun
 
*Texts cost £3.00 plus your standard network charge.   CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA receives at least £2.67 per text.   Please obtain the bill payer's permission.

Registered Charity No. 298405. CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA is the working name of Children with Cancer UK.

The Mr Happy suit is 90cm wide, 265cm high and weighs over 7 kilos.  Andy will run in the suit through major cities and towns, will wear it for all PR activity and at all other times will wear a specially designed Mr Happy running vest.  Andy will be wearing the suit for the entire Virgin London Marathon.

 
The Virgin London Marathon took place on Sunday 17 April 2011.
 

CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA was founded by Eddie and Marion O’Gorman in 1988 after the death of their 14 year old son Paul to leukaemia.  Nine months later their daughter Jean was lost, also to cancer.   To date, and with no government funding, the charity has raised over £120 million for live-saving research into causes, prevention and treatment of childhood leukaemia and for the welfare of leukaemic children and their families. 

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