Rugby actress Deita Hubbard is taking part in this year’s Race for Life

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RUGBY actress Deita Hubbard is taking part in this year’s Race for Life - and is encouraging other girls and women to do the same.

She is in training for the 5k event at Rugby School on Sunday, July 15, to support her friends and remember those who have lost their battles against the disease.

Deita, 31, said: “Cancer affects so many people.

“My nan died of it and my partner Mark lost his father to it.”

Deita said some of her close friends have had to deal with cancer.

“It’s an important thing to support and it’s very close to my heart,” she said.

“I would say to others thinking of entering to just go for it. It doesn’t matter if you walk, jog or run the course. It’s about coming together and doing your bit.”

Deita has recently been filming the horror film Perfect Woman, alongside Caprice. She has been acting professionally since the age of 16 and has appeared in a range of soaps, including Hollyoaks, Brookside and Crossroads, together with other dramas such as Casualty and Dalziel & Pascoe.

Deita was also in the TV drama Marjorie & Gladys as a Marilyn Monroe lookalike, and also as a laundry maid in the BBC series Servants.

More recently, she appeared as Nurse Hadley in Doctors and the journalists’ assistant in In Denial of Murder.

Event organisers are issuing the rallying cry ‘it’s all of us versus cancer’ to mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends, encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible.

Race for Life is non-competitive.

Women can choose whether to walk, jog or run the 5k route.

Most are able to walk 5k in an hour.

“I’m quite scared because I’ve never run as far as 5k,” said Deita.

“For me it’s a personal challenge as well as helping to raise much-needed funds for a brilliant charity.”

Visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.