Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine World Record marathon attempt in memory of daughter
PUBLISHED: 14:51 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 30 March 2017
Ceyhun Uzun, 47, of Sidcup will be raising money CLIC Sargent after his daughter died from rare bone cancer
A Sidcup dad is putting himself through his paces for a Scooby Doo themed Guinness World Record London Marathon attempt.
Ceyhun Uzun, AKA Scooby, 47, will be part of a five-person Scooby-Doo gang on April 23, to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the a cancer charity for children and young people.
The team, each taking a character name from the famous cartoon, comprises of people from all the over the UK, who have all been affected by cancer. The group met running the London Marathon last year and stayed in touch via Facebook.
The Scooby-Doo gang will be attempting to achieve a world record for the fastest marathon in a five person costume by carrying their own version of the legendary Mystery Machine van all the way around the 26 mile course
Mr Uzun, a safer schools police liaison officer, was inspired to join the team in memory of his daughter Tanyel who passed away in January 2016 after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in July 2013, just six days after her 18th birthday.
“Tanyel was my only child, it was devastating and life changing news when they told us she had cancer,” said Mr Uzun.
“She battled for two and half years, she was such an inspirational daughter full of life’ and just wanted to live a normal healthy life. Even during receiving treatments she was trying to help other teenagers get through it.”
During Tanyel’s illness she was supported by CLIC Sargent, and now her dad would like to give something back.
“I’m hoping to raise as much as I can so that I can support this charity to help other families and young children. We are extremely thankful to all staff especially CLIC Sargent who have made our lives much easier to cope throughout this horrendous journey,” he added.
“I want to raise as much money as possible because cancer really turns families’ lives upside down so if becoming ‘Sidcup Scooby’ can help then I’m all for it. I want CLIC Sargent to be there to support everyone who needs it. I hope our attempt captures everyones imagination and local people get behind my challenge to help to raise vital funds”
Lewis Hay, running events fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “When cancer strikes young lives we fight tirelessly to limit the damage it causes beyond their health. We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Ceyhun and the Mystery Machine team enough for their fantastic efforts.
“This is definitely a unique, eye-catching way to make a massive difference for young people with cancer by helping us ensure they are getting the right support they need.”
To sponsor the Scooby gang’s London Marathon effort, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/ClicMysteryMachine