Rugby is tickled pink by Race for Life

Lisa Simmonds from the Rugby Advertiser (right) who took part in Rugby Race for Life, pictured with Helen Lewis (left).
Lisa Simmonds from the Rugby Advertiser (right) who took part in Rugby Race for Life, pictured with Helen Lewis (left).

THERE was a sea of every shade of pink imaginable on Sunday as thousands of girls and women joined together for Race for Life.

Toddlers, teenagers and twenty-somethings walked, jogged or sprinted with mums, grans, aunties, friends and workmates in a spectacular array of fairy wings, feather boas and fancy dress.

They joined the biggest fight against cancer by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Rugby School.

Now organisers are saying a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to everyone who took part - and urging them to return their sponsorship money to fund vital research into 200 types of cancer.

Victoria Meikle, Race for Life event manager for Rugby said: “Race for Life in Rugby was a fantastic event and we are so very grateful to everyone who took part or supported our participants, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped make the event happen.

“Now the big day is over, we are asking our supporters to take one last step – by returning the money they’ve raised so it can go into vital research to help more men, women and children survive cancer.”

She added: “Cancer Research UK doesn’t receive any Government funding for its ground-breaking work. So the money people in Rugby raise through Race for Life is crucial because it means we can go on supporting the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.”

She said many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event.

“It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference,” added Victoria.

“Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands region. But the good news is that research, supported by Race for Life events in West Midlands, is helping more people survive than ever before.”

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Now more than 95 per cent of men diagnosed with testicular cancer are cured. More women are surviving breast cancer and more children are surviving childhood cancers than ever before.

But research is expensive so Cancer Research UK needs the people of Rugby to help raise £90,000 from their Race for Life event to support it.

Victoria added: “Despite improvements in treatment, we still have a long way to go. One in four people in the UK will die from cancer. With the help of people in Rugby we want to change that.

“So, whatever the amount, we’re asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible. It can be paid in online, by phone or by cheque.”