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Cannock brothers Tom and Jack Kay are tickled to have the support of veteran comedian Ken Dodd as they step up their fundraising efforts ahead of next month’s London Marathon.

Tom, 27, and Jack, 24, both work for Cannock-based Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children and have set themselves the challenge of raising a combined £5,000 for the charity.

Newlife Development Manager Tom Kay said: “We have already got around £3,000 and a fundraising event we are holding a couple of weeks before the London Marathon is likely to raise another £1,000. We already have a few local companies on board, but we are hoping that other generous businesses and individuals will come forward to help us cross our fundraising finishing line of £5,000.”

The brothers have been holding end-of-show collections at Cannock’s Prince of Wales Theatre and have won the support of stars like Ken Dodd – who donated money and signed items for raffle – and M People singer Heather Small.

Tom added: “Jack and I have both done a bit of running but we are not part of a running club or anything like that. We have both found the training quite challenging – but we are looking forward to the atmosphere of the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April.

“Knowing that every penny of our fundraising will be used to help provide specialist equipment for disabled and terminally ill children will spur us on to the finishing line.”

Anyone wanting to support Tom and Jack can go to or contact Tom via email:

For further details about how Newlife supports families of disabled and terminally ill children go to

Pictured (L to R): Tom Kay and Jack Kay