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Man manages to raise money for Macmillan despite London marathon setback

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 June 2014

Sean Harris at the charity event

Sean Harris at the charity event

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A man who was diagnosed with cancer refused to admit defeat after not being able to run in the London Marathon.

Stalls in the garden at the cancer charity fundraiserStalls in the garden at the cancer charity fundraiser

Sean Harris, from Gants Hill, held his own charity fundraiser after his plan to run the 26.2-mile route for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity was cut short following the discovery of a tumour in his bladder.

Undeterred, the 43-year-old taxi driver still wanted to do something for the charity, so he organised on a coffee morning in a friend’s back garden last month which raised £1,300.

More than 50 guests attended the event and bought clothes and chocolates from stalls while sipping coffee, which had been donated by the Little Coffee Bag Company.

Sean said: “Everyone really pulled together and we’re really grateful.

Sean Harris with refreshments donated by the little coffee bag companySean Harris with refreshments donated by the little coffee bag company

“I was just turning a negative into a positive.”

Since being diagnosed in January, Sean has been given the all-clear.

“I was quite disappointed that I couldn’t run the marathon” he said. “It’s so hard to get a place.”

Local businesses donated to the cause, along with the visitors who paid £5 to enter the garden.

Sean Harris with family and friends at the charity fundraiserSean Harris with family and friends at the charity fundraiser

Sean said: “It was just great, the amount of people who turned up. It’s always good to do something for charity.”

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