Clean team on their marks for Everyman

12-443 Gary Jacques and his team of runners at John F Kennedy School, Hemel Hempstead.
12-443 Gary Jacques and his team of runners at John F Kennedy School, Hemel Hempstead.

THE owner of a cleaning company, along with a team of his cleaners, is getting set to go the extra mile to raise money for the cancer charity that helped save his life.

Six years ago Gary Jacques found out he had prostate cancer.

Fortunately he was diagnosed early thanks to a leaflet his son brought home following a talk by charity campaign Everyman at his school.

The early diagnosis meant he got treatment early – and that saved his life.

Now Gary, who runs Hemel Hempstead company Clean Force, is tackling the St Albans Half Marathon with a team of his cleaners on Sunday, June 10.

Gary said: “I only checked myself out because my son brought that leaflet home from Everyman.

“If it wasn’t for their work I may not have caught it in time.

“I’m really grateful to the charity and the work it does and now is a good time to give back to them.

“Nine of my staff are taking part and they’re all ready and willing.

“I’ve not really done running for 20 years so it’s a bit of a struggle but we’ll get there.”

The talk that helped save Guy’s life was presented at JFK school for Everyman by Wendy Gough who lost her son to testicular cancer.

Gary wants to present the money raised for Everyman to Wendy after the run. If you would like to donate to the team visit www.justgiving/com/cleanforceltd