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Plymouth women urged to take extra step for Race for Life

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:22 20 February 2013

Plymouth women urged to take extra step for Race for Life

Plymouth women urged to take extra step for Race for Life

THOUSANDS of women in Plymouth came together to share amazing moments at Cancer Research UK's Race for Life at the Hoe on Sunday and now the charity is asking them to make one last dash – for cash.

THOUSANDS of women in Plymouth came together to share amazing moments at Cancer Research UKs Race for Life at the Hoe on Sunday and now the charity is asking them to make one last dash for cash.

Over 5,200 mums, daughters, sisters, friends and colleagues took part in the event to raise money for Cancer Research UKs life saving work

Now organisers are asking them to take the final step by collecting and returning their fundraising money to help the charity hit its 240,000 target for Plymouth.

Cancer Research UKs Race for Life is the UKs largest women-only fundraising event series. Women of all ages and fitness levels came together to walk, jog or run 5k in Plymouth to raise money to help beat cancer.

Scott Renken, Race for Life event manager for Plymouth, said: We are really grateful to the women of Plymouth who helped make Race for Life such a huge success. This years event was full of amazing moments for everyone and the atmosphere on the day was electric. It was incredibly emotional seeing all the back-signs showing why women were taking part in memory or celebration of a loved one or to mark their own cancer journey. And it was also remarkably uplifting, seeing so many mums, daughters, grandmothers, sisters and friends come together for one cause to beat cancer.

By taking part in Race for Life in Plymouth women pledged their support to help fund research into a disease that one-in-three people in the UK will develop at some stage in their lives. Now we are asking them to keep that promise and help Cancer Research UK continue its life-saving work by returning their sponsorship money as soon as possible.

Cancer Research UK funds world-class research and clinical trials throughout the South West. For example, in Plymouth, people with a type of leukaemia can take part in a study to find the most effective treatment for the disease. This important trial will test several new drugs in combination with the usual chemotherapy. Clinical trials like this are vital so that we can find new and better ways to treat cancer and help save more lives in the future.

When Race for Life started in 1994, many people diagnosed with cancer did not survive. But over the last 16 years, money generated by Race for Life has supported Cancer Research UKs work and now the overall death rate for the disease has dropped by 15 per cent.

Scott added: One-in-three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. But the good news is that more people are beating the disease than ever before. Cancer Research UKs work is at the heart of that progress. By helping to raise money through Race for Life, our supporters are turning hope into reality.

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit payers in the UK can gift aid their donation, allowing Cancer Research UK to claim back up to 25p per pound from the Government.

Women who have been inspired by the Plymouth Race for Life still have time to accept their invitation to Race for Life at other events across the South West. To enter visit or call 0871 641 2282.

This year Race for Life is taking place at the following venues in the South West:

  • Truro Race for Life: Sunday 11th July, 11am

  • Exeter: Sunday 11th July, 11am


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