Dean Belfield

Dean's fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer UK

Fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer UK
£640
raised of £1,000 target
Event: AJ Bell Great Manchester Run 10k 2025, on 18 May 2025 Start fundraising for this event
In memory of Geoff Follin
Pancreatic Cancer UK

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We fund research, provide support, campaign to bring more than hope to those affected.

Story

Geoff Follin will be a name recognisable to many interested in retro computer games. He's Mike and Tim Follin's brother, and co-composer of many great chip tunes on the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Nintendo consoles.

Sadly Geoff passed away suddenly in May 2024 aged 58 from pancreatic cancer, having been diagnosed only a few weeks before.

He was a good mate - I used to work with the Follin brothers (Tim, Mike and Geoff) at Software Creations back in the 1980s, and despite us all going our separate ways, we all kept in touch, and tried to meet up a few times a year to chew the cud.

To say this was a shock was an understatement - we all last met up in January and he looked as fit as a fiddle. The page photo was taken then, with (from left to right) Mike, Kevin Edwards, Geoff, Tim and me.

He did all the right things, eating well and exercising. There was hope that it was a misdiagnosis, or that something could be done about it. There was always hope.

From Pancreatic Cancer UK:

It’s unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. Survival rates have improved enormously for most cancers, yet for pancreatic cancer, this is not the case. Pancreatic Cancer UK is dedicated to taking on this injustice using every possible means. They're supporting people with pancreatic cancer now, campaigning, and funding vital research to transform the future. Help them to make the breakthroughs that people with pancreatic cancer so desperately need.

How am I going to raise money for them?

My aim is to run the Manchester 10K in May 2025 in a respectable time of around an hour.

This will be a bit of a challenge for me. I used to enjoy running, and last ran the Manchester 10K five years ago. I've been affected bad by Covid, catching it bad early on, suffering from Long Covid for a couple of years, and putting on some weight since.

I hope that you can sponsor me in tribute of Geoff and for this good cause.

About the charity

Pancreatic Cancer UK

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It’s unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with the deadliest common cancer die within three months. That’s why they need and deserve more. More research, more funding, more breakthroughs. More than hope. Together we’ll make that possible.

Donation summary

Total raised
£639.14
+ £136.25 Gift Aid
Online donations
£639.14
Offline donations
£0.00

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