AN army of staff from a Hartlepool supermarket are getting ready to hit the streets for a race against cancer.
More than 30 workers from Tesco Extra, in Belle Vue, Hartlepool, have signed up to take part in this year’s Race for Life.
They will join hundreds of other women of all ages in the sponsored 5K run on along the sea front at Seaton Carew. on Sunday, June 24.
Selina Wilson, Tesco community champion, is among staff taking party.
She said: “Race for Life fever has definitely arrived in store.
“We have a small army of staff taking part including myself and a colleague who are appointed Race for Life Champions for the store.
“Some enjoy the fitness and running side and others have lost people to cancer so they are running in memory of relatives and friends.”
Selina and seasonal line manager Vicky Abbott have been securing raffle prizes from local business to maximise the store’s fundraising total.
Whatever they raise will be boosted by 20 per cent thanks to the Tesco Charity Trust.
Check-out worker Joan Brown has put a collection bucket on her till so shoppers can support her.
This week, the team took delivery of Team Tesco v Cancer T-shirts which they will be wearing on the big day.
Tesco are Race for Life partners with Cancer Research UK, which runs the events up and down the country.
So far, more than 850 people have pledged to run, walk and jog the Hartlepool course along Coronation Drive which starts at 11am.
Many of the women running will have been directly affected by cancer and run in memory of loved ones lost to the devastating disease.
Runners often wear patches on which they write emotional messages to show why they are taking part.
Last year’s event was started by brave Klaudia Robinson, 12, who then pulled on her running shoes less than a year after fighting cancer herself.
Organisers are urging even more people to show their support by signing up as they aim to reach 1,500 participants.
Sponsorship raised will be used by Cancer Research UK, which receives no Government funding.
It will pay for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer to help sufferers survive.
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK spent more than £4m last year in the North-East.
You can enter Hartlepool’s Race for Life now by visiting www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 6411111.