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CHARITY workers 1,000 mile Relay challenge.

The Cancer Research UK workers hope their efforts will raise thousands of pounds for the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

They pulled on their bright orange headbands and their trainers as they walked and cycled five miles on their leg of the Stand Up To Cancer Relay challenge.

On Sunday, October 3, the team set off from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute at 00:30am on their quest to reach the Cancer Research UK Birmingham Institute at 09:30am.

The team, who have called themselves the ‘North West Rockers’, were leg three of the continuous 24-hour relay, which involves Cancer Research UK staff from across the UK and started in Belfast on October 2. The relay will journey through all of the charity’s research institutes in seven days, finishing at its London headquarters on October 9.

A joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, Stand Up To Cancer aims to raise money to fund vital research which will get new and better treatments to cancer patients faster.

Jennifer Ward, age 27, from Manchester and Event Manager for Cancer Research UK said: “To be part of this staff fundraising challenge with over 200 of my colleagues nationwide was an honour.

“In my role I see why raising such funds is absolutely vital for life-saving research to continue. I am not a natural athlete and this is going to push me completely out of my comfort zone, but I am determined to do it.

Annette Quarry, from Lancaster and National Event Manager for Cancer Research UK added: “Not only do we work for the charity but many of our members have had friends and family touched by the disease so we were determined to do our bit for Stand Up To Cancer.

“One in two people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives and there’s still much more to do to ensure no-one’s life is cut short by this devastating disease. That’s why we need everyone to do their bit, in their own way, to make a stand against cancer now.”

More than four people are diagnosed with cancer every hour in the North West*. By joining Stand Up To Cancer, supporters in Cheshire will be uniting with doctors, nurses, scientists and celebrities to generate funds, raise awareness and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer has already raised over £23.8million. This year’s campaign is up and running now, and will culminate with an evening of special programming on Channel 4 on Friday 9 October.

This year, there are many ways to get involved and help save lives. Cancer Research UK is urging people across the North West to register for their free fundraising kit now and make their stand to help save lives.

Stand Up To Cancer is supported by a host of celebrities including Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen.

Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up To Cancer Relay Team is aiming to raise £50,000 in sponsorship.

To support them visit JustGiving

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