Happy birthday! Would you like some cake? Or a 13-mile run?

Businessman Darren Williams will be swapping his suit for running gear when he competes in the Great North Run on Sunday.

Businessman Darren Williams will be swapping his suit for running gear when he competes in the Great North Run on Sunday.

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CHARITY champ Darren Williams is swapping birthday cake for pounding the route of the Great North Run.

The Wearside businessman is hoping to raise £2,000 for Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light when he spends his 31st birthday with an expected 50,000 people who are taking part in Sunday’s annual half-marathon.

The run is the latest challenge tackled by Darren in aid of the Foundation of Light, to whose board he was recently appointed.

Earlier this year, he joined more than 400 daredevils in the Zip Wear, propelling himself off the top of the Stadium of Light on a zip line.

The founder and managing director of Harland Corporation said: “I’m delighted to be supporting the Foundation of Light as their work across the North East makes such a positive difference to the lives of young people in our region.

“Although it has been challenging, I’ve stuck to my training regime and I’m looking forward to reaching the finish line, having raised as much money as possible.”

Foundation of Light boss Lesley Spuhler is delighted to once again have Darren’s support in fund-raising.

She said: “As one of our newest board 
members, we’re thrilled that Darren is 
not only giving his time and expertise 
to help out behind the scenes, but 
also getting involved in another 
fund-raising activity that will support 
the Foundation of Light’s work across the region.”

The Foundation of Light aims to use the popularity of football to support vulnerable young people across the region.

To help Darren hit his £2,000 target, visit www.daz.co.uk to sponsor his run.

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