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Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe unveils genius park bench as he celebrates cancer research

Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe unveils genius bench as he celebrates cancer research (Picture: Mark Radcliffe / Twitter)

Radio 2 host Mark Radcliffe has celebrated cancer research by unveiling his very own bench, in Manchester.

The 61-year-old was diagnosed with the disease back in October last year, seeing him have a tumour removed from his tongue before undergoing successful surgery to treat lymph nodes in his neck.

And it appears the much-loved broadcaster wants to give back to the charities that helped save his life, as he has launched a £20million fundraising campaign with Cancer Research UK, The Christie Charitable Fund and The University of Manchester.

To make the appeal even more special, the music mogul marked the occasion with a park bench on the grounds of the university.

Sharing a picture of himself sat on the new seat, he revealed the quote which had been carved into the back of the chair.

‘Mark Radcliffe loved sitting here,’ it read before going onto say: ‘And still does thanks to advances in cancer research.’

The 61-year-old was diagnosed with cancer back in October last year (Picture: Mark Radcliffe / Twitter)
He has launched a £20million fundraising campaign (Picture: Mark Radcliffe / Twitter)

Fans were quick to comment on the picture and threw their support behind the much-loved star.

‘And very glad that you are, otherwise I’d be waking up at 7am on my weekends off for absolutely no reason,’ one wrote while another added: ‘And that’s something that was truly a relief and delights us all.’

Someone else said: ‘Nice one Mark! I am so glad you overcame your cancer, so many don’t.’

The money raised from the Re-write Cancer campaign hopes to help meet the cost of a new £150 million cancer research facility.

Talking about the venture, Mark said: ‘It’s an absolute honour to be involved in the Re-Write Cancer campaign. I loved my years studying at The University of Manchester, so it’s the perfect site for the bench.’

The father-of-one added: ‘Facing a cancer diagnosis was extremely tough – it completely turned my life upside down and made me re-evaluate what really matters to me.

‘But thousands of people are in the same boat every year and I was fortunate to receive excellent care at The Christie.’

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