Posted on Friday 26 April 2019

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Police officers and firefighter join forces for London Marathon World Record attempt

Five police officers and one firefighter are joining forces to set a new World Record at the London Marathon and raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent and Tanyel’s Smile; charities supporting children and young people with cancer.

CLIC Sargent supporter Ceyhun Uzun is back again for this year’s London Marathon with another team, taking on a new World Record for the fastest marathon in a six-person costume. He will be attempting to beat his own World Record set last year, when he completed the marathon in 6:20:49 with a Ghostbusters team.

Thunderbirds are go! The team are joining forces to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent and Tanyel's Smile.

Ceyhun, Charlie, Rob, Dave, Helen and Andy, aged between 29 and 49, from Kent, Essex and High Wycombe, and with a collective 16 marathons under their belts, are made up of one firefighter and ex-military officer, and five police officers working within the Metropolitan Police Service. The team will be dressed as Thunderbirds and are carrying their Thunderbird ‘rescue vehicle’ the entire length of the course.

The team signed up to the 26.2 mile challenge to raise money for CLIC Sargent and Tanyel’s Smile in honour of Cey’s daughter Tanyel, who passed away from cancer in 2016, aged 20. Tanyel and her family were supported by CLIC Sargent.

Ceyhun said: “Tanyel was our only child, she was full of life so kind hearted and an amazing daughter we had for 20 years. We love and miss her so much and she will always be remembered and treasured in our hearts.

“I feel CLIC Sargent helped us through our dark days, taking off so much pressure and weight on our shoulders. Their amazing support and effort kept us going.”

Since Tanyel’s diagnosis, Ceyhun has raised thousands of pounds for CLIC Sargent. He and his wife have since set up Tanyel’s Smile in her memory, a charity now helping children and young people with cancer in Cyprus.

“We were inspired by the work CLIC Sargent do in the UK to set up something similar in North Cyprus to help support children and young people living with cancer over there. There aren’t many charities in Cyprus and it’s a place Tanyel always loved visiting.

“A child is a child and it doesn’t matter where they are, they still need that support. Using the experience we had with our daughter and CLIC Sargent and our social worker, we just want to help others.

“I love to spread Tanyel’s memories, she was our only child and her memories will live on. To give smiles back to the children who are facing the trauma of cancer means the world to me.”

In 2013, aged 18, Tanyel was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone and soft tissue cancer. After initially going into remission, Tanyel tragically relapsed and passed away in early 2016.

I feel CLIC Sargent helped us through our dark days, taking off so much pressure and weight on our shoulders. Their amazing support and effort kept us going.” 

The idea to run as Thunderbirds for the marathon came about when Ceyhun was nominated for a Special Recognition award at the Metropolitan Police Excellence Awards ceremony he said. After meeting Rob Jones, the Borough Commander of Westminster, the pair decided to take on a challenge for charity by running the marathon as a team.

So far, they have raised over £5000 and hope to raise even more for both charities.

Ceyhun said: “This attempt would not be possible without the support of our family and friends as we train hard to achieve high and get ready for lift off!”

To sponsor Ceyhun and his team, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Thunderbirds2liftoff and https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Thunderbirdsarego6

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CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.

To find out more about how we help young people cope with the impact of cancer, please visit our what we do section. If you need support yourself please contact us using our online enquiry form or call 0300 330 0803. 

For more information about CLIC Sargent, an interview or images, please contact Jessica Rees on 0117 311 2659 or email jessica.rees@clicsargent.org.uk. Out of hours contact 08448 481189.

About cancer in children and young people 
Today, 12 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK. 
 
About CLIC Sargent 
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk 
 
Note to sub-editors 
Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.    

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