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Accountant tackles Great North Run after colleague's leukaemia diagnosis
AN accountant has swapped tax returns for trainers as he prepares to tackle the Great North Run to raise money for the hospital treating a well-known colleague diagnosed with cancer.
Harvey Madden, a partner at North-East firm Rowlands Accountants, found out he had leukaemia earlier this year.
Mr Madden played a central role in the fan takeover of Darlington FC after he was appointed as the club's administrator last year.
Peter Gray, a partner at Rowlands who works in the company's Yarm and Birtley offices, hopes to raise £2,000 in sponsorship when he attempts the Great North Run later this month.
All proceeds will go to the haematology unit at North Tees Hospital, where his colleague Mr Madden is receiving treatment.
Mr Gray said: “Running a half marathon will be tough, but not as tough as fighting leukaemia.
“I knew that the guys at the haematology unit do great work, but it was really brought home to me when my good friend and business partner Harvey Madden was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier in the year.
"They are really looking after him and he is making tremendous progress.”
Mr Madden, who heads Rowlands insolvency practice from its Yarm office, discovered he was suffering from leukaemia, a cancer that affects the blood cells, bone marrow or lymphatic system, when he contacted his doctor after feeling tired and listless.
He said: “It was a massive shock when I was diagnosed with acute leukaemia following an initial week in the haematology unit at North Tees Hospital.
“The treatment is ongoing but the haematology unit staff have been first rate and wonderfully supportive. It is a physical as well as mental help.”
Mr Madden played cricket for Coundon and cricket and hockey for Norton.
Denis Pinnegar, former chairman of Darlington FC, said he and other supporters wished him well.
“The fans owe him a debt of gratitude. There were several times when he could have pulled the plug but didn't while administrator. He admitted that he had become a fan of the club.”
Mr Gray has set up a Just Giving page to collect donations and sponsorship for the Great North Run.
For details, visit justgiving.com/Rowlands-Accountants-GNR2013
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