More than 25 members of staff from Thompsons’ South Shields and Newcastle offices took part in the British Lung Foundation’s Lung Run in Jesmond Dene.

All proceeds from the 5k and 2.5k event go to North East-based charity the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund.

The charity, set up by Chris Knighton, in memory of her husband Mick, raises money to fund research into the cancer of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos.

The fund has raised more than £375,000 during the last six years.

Proceeds will fund research into improving diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma

Proceeds from the run will go towards helping fund important research into improving diagnosis and treatment for mesothelioma.

Team manager at Thompsons South Shields office David Mole said: “At Thompsons we know only too well the difficulties facing victims of mesothelioma and their families. We see first-hand the devastating effect of the disease.

“The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund provides much needed support for research into treatment for this terrible disease. The staff at Thompsons wanted to do their bit to help raise money for the fund and we jumped at the chance to take part in this event.”

Chris said: “It was fantastic to see so much support for this year’s Lung Run including runners from Thompsons Solicitors.

“All the funds go direct to the charity to fund vital research into Mesothelioma. We had over 150 runners this year and hope the amount raised will beat all our expectations.”

For information on mesothelioma contact Chris Knighton on 0191 263 7386 or log on to

This news story was also published by The Shields Gazette.