Rugby Race for Life: cancer run to honour Jackie

Staff from CTI Balloons will be taking part in the Race for Life
Staff from CTI Balloons will be taking part in the Race for Life

Rugby will be a sea of pink on Sunday as girls and women turn out in force to take a stand against cancer.

Emotions will be running high at the town’s annual Race for Life event today (Sunday), which starts from Rugby School.

Ladies at CTI Balloons in Rugby are taking part in Sunday’s event in memory of their colleague Jackie Reed.

She lost a courageous battle against the disease.

Julie Clarke, finance and operations manager at the Consul Road business, said: “It’s going to be a really emotional day for us because we will be thinking of Jackie.

“We are all wearing a photograph of her and a message on our T-shirts as a tribute.”

Julie has taken part in the event for the last three years.

“This year’s will be different because it’s the first without Jackie,” she said,

“Jackie worked with us for seven years. She fought a courageous battle but died in October aged 59.”

The team are hoping to raise as much as possible for Cancer Research UK.

Julie added: “We will be thinking of Jackie on the day.”

The three mile race plays a huge part in raising money for life saving research.

Every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands.

Last year, 1,700 women took part in Race for Life in Rugby. This year, organisers need 1,900 women and girls to help raise £91,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Donations in memory of Jackie Reed can be dropped into CTI Balloons or by ringing (01788) 546299.

l A family fun day is taking place at the Green Man in Dunchurch on Sunday after Race for Life.

The event runs from noon to 6pm in aid of Tracie Townsend’s £10,000 appeal for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Organiser Bekki Lees, who is a friend of Tracie’s said everyone is welcome to join in the fun and help raise funds.