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Southport Accountancy firm goes wild to support life-saving cancer research 

Chartered accountants, Advance Accountancy Limited has donated £250 to support charity trustee and public health expert Mark Haig in his bid to Challenge the Wild.

The Southport-based company made the generous contribution to Mark’s fundraising efforts which saw him spend two days and one night in the Irish wilderness to raise money for North West Cancer Research.

Having been diagnosed with cancer himself in 2012 and undergoing successful treatment in 2013, 57-year-old Mark understands the vital role that research must play in the fight against cancer.

Organised by Heart North Wales, Challenge the Wild, saw a group of ten fundraisers split into two teams headed by presenters Oli Kemp and Rachael Howarth. They then spent a whole weekend challenging each other and themselves to rock climb, scramble, abseil, cliff jump and trek in the dark.

With the help of Advance Accountancy, Mark has raised £1,095 which will be donated to North West Cancer Research to support life-saving research currently underway in the north west.

Bob Thompson, Director Advance Accountancy, said: “Many of the team here have been affected by cancer in one way or another, so when we heard what Mark was doing, we knew we wanted to help his cause.

“Hats off to him for completing the two days in the wild, from what he’s shared with us it sounds like it was a once in a lifetime challenge. On behalf of us all at Advance Accountancy, I’d like to say a big well done to Mark and his other challengers on their amazing fundraising efforts.”

So far, the ten challengers have raised a combined total of £11,000 with more donations still coming through from Just Giving pages.

Trustee for North West Cancer Research, Mark Haig said: “It was a very challenging but a very enjoyable and rewarding few days in the wild with my fellow challengers. The weather wasn’t great but we all battled on and completed the tasks thrown at us.

“I’d like to give a massive thanks to Bob and the team at Advance Accountancy for their generous donation, which has taken me above my fundraising target.

“Having had cancer, I know too well the effects it can have. I was lucky enough to receive treatment which worked, but this is not always the case for everyone. The more money we can raise for charities like North West Cancer Research, the more advances we can make when it comes to cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

All money raised by Mark and his fellow challengers will be donated to North West Cancer Research which funds life-saving cancer research across the North West. The charity has committed to funding more than £13million worth of research over the next five years.

You can still support the charity and Mark’s efforts by donating to Team Rachael via Just Giving or you can donate £3 by texting NWCW47 £3 to 70070.