|Women are urged to take one vital last step to make their Race for Life count
Race for Life
Jennifer Ward, the Events Manager for Cancer Research UK is calling on everyone who took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Wigan to make their Race for Life count – by returning their sponsorship money as soon as possible to help beat cancer.
Last year, a third of the women who took part in Race for Life didn’t return any sponsorship money.
Many don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event. It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference. Cancer Research UK relies on money raised through Race for Life to fund life-saving research, much of which happens very close to us in the North West.
Every day, more than 100 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West*. But the good news is that research, funded through Leigh Race for Life is helping men, women and children to survive the disease.
Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
The women want to highlight how important money raised through Race for Life is to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists funded by Cancer Research UK. They are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease.
Race for Life is an amazing women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research to beat 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across the region.
Jennifer Ward, Race for Life event manager for the North West, said: “Race for Life at Haigh Hall Country Park was a fantastic event. We want to say a heart-felt thanks to everyone who took part or supported our participants, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped make it happen. Already the generosity of local people has raised an amazing £77,013 from the Wigan event, but we still have a bit of way to go to reach our target of £80,000.
“Last year, a third of the women who took part didn’t return any sponsorship money. Without this money, Race for Life can’t fund all the research that’s needed to help save more lives. As the number of people diagnosed with cancer in the North West continues to rise, and the economy tightens, we need the support of local people now more than ever.
“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.”
For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org