WOMEN in Hartlepool are being urged to slip on their running shoes to raise cash for Race for Life.
Tesco and Cancer Research UK is hoping Seaton Carew’s promenade will be transformed into a sea of pink with the town’s women taking part in the sponsored three-mile run to raise money to fund the charity’s vital work.
Organisers would like to see at least 3,000 women entering the event to help hit a fundraising target of £160,000, after last year seeing 1,900 mums, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and friends taking part and raising an amazing £85,500.
It is hoped the fact the event is being held on the centenary of International Women’s Day – a global initiative to celebrate the achievements of the fairer sex – will attract more women to the fundraising dash.
Helen Tibbott, Cancer Research UK’s Hartlepool Race for Life event manager, said: “International Women’s Day focuses attention on women’s successes and highlights how much we can achieve together.
“We hope the day will spur Hartlepool women on to enter Race for Life, where women unite in one cause, to help beat cancer.
“All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.”
She added: “This year, Cancer Research UK needs more women than ever before to join the girls at Race for Life in Hartlepool.
“We need our Race for Life regulars and women who took part years ago to join together with many new faces and help save more lives.”
TV presenter and broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, who sadly lost her daughter Caron Keating to breast cancer, is patron of Race for Life.
She is encouraging women of all ages to enter the event.
Gloria said: “Race for Life is very close to my heart and I know the same is true for so many people in Hartlepool.
“Lots of women take part in memory or in celebration of loved ones whose lives have been touched by cancer, or to mark their own cancer journey.
“Their determination and passion creates a truly special atmosphere on the day which inspires everybody.”
Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK to support the work of scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to prevent, diagnose and treat it.
Women in Hartlepool and the surrounding area can enter Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 6411111.
Race for Life in Hartlepool takes place at the Seaton Reach stretch of the Promenade, in Coronation Drive, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, at 11am on Sunday, June 5.