Race For Life Exeter
EXETER shoppers will have the chance to find out about Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life as the charity visits the Princesshay Shopping Centre this Saturday (22 April).
A team of volunteers and event managers will be promoting the local Race for Life events at Westpoint which take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July. They will be supported by Exeter Starlites cheerleading squad who will be performing at the Race for Life events later this summer.
The coach of Exeter Starlites sadly lost her partner to cancer last year, within just five weeks of being diagnosed. Coach, Jennie-Marie Peckham, said: “I believe we need to put more money into research of how to diagnose this terrible disease earlier.”
Organisers hope the performance will stop shoppers in their tracks and encourage passing mums, daughters, sisters and friends to sign up and help make a real difference in the fight against cancer.
They will also be on hand to answer questions about fundraising and the impressive strides Cancer Research UK scientists are making to treat, diagnose and prevent cancer.
Race for Life’s Exeter event manager Ruth Chamings said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to the women of Exeter running, jogging or walking at Race for Life.
“Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the South West and across the UK. We hope that passing shoppers will be inspired to join the fight and sign up to take part in Race for Life.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Marathon and Hiking events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding vital research.
Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £2 million last year in the South West on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research - helping more men, women and children survive.
Ruth said: “By taking part in Race for Life, women in Exeter can help raise funds for crucial research.
“Participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. Whether they’re planning a 5k amble with friends, a 10k sprint or a mud-splattered dash around the Pretty Muddy obstacle course, it’s not about being first over the finish line - it’s the taking part that counts.”
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
Ruth continued: “Every day, 90 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West*. That’s why we need women in Exeter to come together and sign up to Race for Life. Every step participants take will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
To enter Race for Life today visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.