FORMER Liverpool FC star Alan Kennedy has shown his support for the city’s inaugural Canter for Cancer fun run, and is urging others to join him and help say neigh to cancer. Canter for Cancer is a flagship 5k fundraiser at Aintree Racecourse on Sunday March 6th, organised by North West Cancer Research and all money raised will support cancer research and Liverpool-based health organisations. Alan who played for Liverpool between 1978 and 1986 scoring winning goals in both the 1981 and 1984 European Cup Finals for the team, visited the charity’s headquarters at the University of Liverpool, to show his support for the run. Wearing one of the distinctive horse heads which will be distributed to runners on the day, Alan said: “This is such a great idea and the horse heads are just brilliant. It’s all for a great cause to help fund potentially life changing cancer research right here in Liverpool. “Injuries aside, I’m hoping to take part on the day and I hope as many people as possible will come out and join me on the starting line and help the charity say neigh to cancer once and for all.” North West Cancer Research’s Canter for Cancer starts at 9am at Aintree Racecourse on Sunday March 6th. The event is open to all and hopes to attract individuals, families, charity runners and corporate organisations. The main run will then be followed by a 500m Only Foals and Horses race for younger runners aged six and under. Canter for Cancer is supported by headline sponsors Investec Wealth & Investment, as well as the Liverpool FC Foundation and The Jockey Club who operate Aintree Racecourse. Anne Jackson, CEO, North West Cancer Research said: “We are delighted to have the backing of Alan for our flagship fundraiser and hope that his involvement will inspire others to sign up to Canter for Cancer. “Cancer is a serious issue in the North West and many of us will have lost family and friends to it. But the good news is that today, for the first time ever half of all people diagnosed with cancer in the UK will survive – and that’s all down to research which is why it’s so important. “Canter for Cancer is the largest fundraising event we have ever held and is a great way to raise awareness of the importance of cancer research and the work we are doing right across the region.” Mark Haig, head of operations at Liverpool FC Foundation, said: “We are delighted to support North West Cancer Research and its Canter for Cancer event. “Cancer is a serious issue in Liverpool, and the more awareness we can raise about it the better. Canter for Cancer will challenge people to think about cancer, as well as raise money for vital cancer research right here in Liverpool. “We have worked with North West Cancer Research for ten year now as part of our Men’s Health Programme. We want to encourage as many people as possible sign up to take part and make this one of the biggest and best fundraising events in the city.” North West Cancer Research is Liverpool’s biggest locally-based funder of cancer research. It has committed to supporting more than £12.3million worth of research over the next five years – £8.3million of which will be based at the University of Liverpool.