Race for Life raises £20k – but organisers are still waiting on sponsor cash

Race for Life 2013.
Race for Life 2013.

THE generous women who took part in this year’s Race for Life have so far raised almost £20,000 - but charity bosses are urging runners to get their sponsorship cash in as soon as possible.

Thousands of runners lined the seafront at Seaton Carew this year as, once again, Race for Life was hailed a huge success.

So far Cancer Research UK has received £19,385 and say they are well on course to reaching the sponsorship target of £65,000.

But last year a third of the women who took part didn’t return any sponsorship money and charity bosses want to avoid a repeat of that this time around. The women who took part are now being urged to return all of the cash they raised so the charity can put it all towards funding much-needed research.

Claire Wase, event manager for Race for Life in Hartlepool, said: “Race for Life in Hartlepool was a fantastic event. We want to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part or supported our participants, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped to make it happen.

“Now the big day is over, we are asking our supporters to take one last step - by returning the money they have raised so that we can go on funding much-needed research.

“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. 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 how to return sponsorship visit www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org.