FUNDRAISING runners who helped cancer sufferers are being urged to return their sponsor money.
More than 1,500 kindhearted women made this June’s Race for Life, in Hartlepool, a huge success.
But their entry fee only covers the event’s cost and runners are reminded that it is sponsorship money which makes the real difference.
So far just £64,000 has been returned – less than half Cancer Research UK’s £160,000 target.
Last year under half of the women who completed the race didn’t return any sponsorship and organisers want to avoid a repeat.
Hartlepool race manager Holly Howey said: “We want to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part or supported our participants.
“Now the big day is over we are asking our supporters to take one last step by returning the money they have raised so we can go on funding much-needed research.”
Every hour around two people are diagnosed with cancer in the North-East.
Since Race for Life was launched in the region back in 1996, fundraisers have collected more than £10m to help research.
Holly added: “Without the sponsorship 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-East continues to rise, and the economy tightens, we need the support of local people now more than ever.”
To return money visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 6411111.
Alternatively send a cheque, payable to Cancer Research UK, to Race for Life, PO Box 442, Northampton, NN3 6UU.
Runners who completed this year’s event also book a pre-paid place for next year’s race for the reduced price of £10 by the end of September.
For more information visit www.raceforlife.org/earlybird.
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