Fran’s going back to the starting line

Fran Orford is running the Bupa Great North Run for the Children with Cancer charity
Fran Orford is running the Bupa Great North Run for the Children with Cancer charity

A CARTOONIST who saw his London Marathon dream ended due to a freak back injury has vowed to carry on raising money for the Children with Cancer charity.

Fran Orford, who has so far raised £1,800 for the charity by selling original work and taking on small commissions, will now be running the Bupa Great North Run in September.

Before then, however, the Hebden Bridge resident is selling more of his work and doing more commissions for businesses and individuals - at reduced rates, to try and raise £3,000 for the children’s charity.

Fran, who regularly host children with cancer from Belarus as part of his work with the Chernobyl Children’s Project, said: “Due to the sort of accident that usually only happens in bad British sitcoms, I’ve injured my back and have had to withdraw from the London Marathon.

“However, the Children with Cancer charity has allocated me a place on the Great North run instead. With more time I’ve increased my fundraising target to £3,000 and I already have £1,800 banked from selling originals and taking on small commissions and this is where I hope local people and businesses may be able to help.

“Sponsorship is always appreciated, but I usually raise most of my fundraising through my work as a cartoonist.”

Fran said his cartoons have been used by over 80 magazines and newspapers in both the UK and abroad, as well as numerous books. His past and present clients include Private Eye, The times, The Observer, The Telegraph and more.

For more information, contact Fran on 01422 845359 or email his at fran@francartoons.com or visit www.francartoons.co.uk.