When Matt Hadden Met Sir Mo Farah

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Sir Mo Farah took time out of his preparation for the Simplyhealth Great North Run to surprise terminally ill Matt Hadden, who is taking on the world's biggest half marathon for local charity Maggies Newcastle as part of his bucket list.

28 year old Matt Hadden, has terminal bone cancer despite intensive treatment including a leg amputation and chemotherapy.

Throughout this he has received support from Maggie's Newcastle, a centre based at the Freeman Hospital that offers advice and support to those going through cancer.


Sir Mo, Great Britain's greatest ever athlete, visited the centre on Friday to surprise Matt and the staff at Maggies, who thought they were gathering for a team photo ahead of the event.

Matt has visited the centre on a daily basis and had his life and outlook transformed by their care and attention, so much so that he decided to embark on a huge fundraising challenge for them.

Despite his disability, Matt will walk the 13.1 miles after learning how to walk again using a prosthetic leg.

Along with his mum and sister, he hopes to raise £2,400 for the centre who have provided emotional and social support to Matt since his diagnosis.

Find out more about Maggie's Newcastle here