Race for Life women still need to return sponsorship

Race for Life, Eastbourne. SUS-150622-074901001
Race for Life, Eastbourne. SUS-150622-074901001

Two in three women who took part in the Race For Life earlier this year are yet to send their sponsorship money in to Cancer Research UK.

The charity is calling on the ladies, who jogged, walked and ran for cancer Research back on June 26 , to really make their efforts count.

“Ladies of Eastbourne you walked, you jogged, you charged and now it’s time to make it really count” said Jenny Ainsworth, event manager for Cancer Research UK.

Jenny is issuing a final plea to everyone who took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Eastbourne Sports Park to return their sponsorship money. The charity relies on the funds to go towards vital life-saving research, much of which happens here in Sussex.

Jenny added, “Sadly, every year only one in three people actually return their sponsorship money and we are still waiting for a lot of money to come in from the event.

“Without the continued support of our participants and the money they raise, we could not continue to research cures and kinder treatments for those suffering with the disease.”.

Every hour, around five people are diagnosed with cancer in the South East.

But the good news is that research, funded through Eastbourne’s 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.

By issuing this plea, Jenny wants 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.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer sooner by funding life-saving research.

Jenny said, “Race for Life at Eastbourne was an emotional yet amazing event.

“We want to say a heart-felt thanks to everyone who took part.

“Already the generosity of local people has raised an amazing £110,320 from the event, but we still have a bit of way to go to reach our target of £125,000.

“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 South 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, to make a donation or sign-up for next year visit www.raceforlife.org.

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