Annual event raises cash to fight cancer

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Women living in Hastings and Rother are being urged to get the New Year off to a great start by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2015.

Every hour, around five people are diagnosed with cancer in the south east. That is why Cancer Research UK is calling on women in Hastings and Rother to fight back against this devastating disease by entering Race for Life 5k or 10k events at Alexandra Park on Sunday June 14.

Jenny Ainsworth, Cancer Research UK’s Hastings event manager, said: “We’re urging women of all ages, shapes and sizes to take on Race for Life in their region and sign up now.

“Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.

“If you’re looking for an opportunity to get active in 2015 and shake off those January blues, there’s no better time to take on Race for Life. With fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready, we know that Hastings and Rother ladies are up for the challenge.”

Last year, 1,964 women took part in Race for Life in Hastings and raised a fantastic £89,000. This year, organisers need women and girls to stride out to help raise £97,000.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Sussex.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Jenny continued: “We’re calling on the brave ladies of Hastings and Rother to show their fighting spirit once more and take on cancer at this year’s event.” To enter go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.