The Race for Life is a series of over 150 routes around the country that give people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the chance to come together and show cancer who’s boss. They’re not races, or runs, and everyone wins the Race for Life (except cancer).
The 5km event is part of Cancer Research UK’s fundraising efforts to help raise money for research into all 200 types of cancer.
How NetworkIN supported the campaign
Advocate Sarah Reynolds of Whitedove Wills and Estate Planning suggested taking part in the event at one of the virtual Stone Ladies NetworkIN meetings in August.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and underwent treatment throughout lockdown. Even though I frequently participated in Race for Life events, this year’s race was more poignant than ever as I was looked after very well by the treatment team at the NHS.
“I wanted to give something bigger and better back this year and being part of the Stone Ladies NetworkIN team with Cancer Research UK fundraiser Ada Haywood (BEM) as a fellow advocate it just seemed right thing to do.” – Sarah Reynolds.
Nine ladies agreed to participate on the spot with other advocates supporting the campaign through Just Giving donations and sharing social media content.
Campaign outcome – mapping a socially distanced course
On Saturday, 26th September 2020, several advocates from the Stone Ladies NetworkIN team met to run (or walk) a 5km Covid-19 safe route, plotted by Sarah and starting at the Stone scout hut.
Nine Stone Ladies NetworkIN advocates, cheered on by fellow supporters, split into two groups – walkers and runners – and took in the beautiful scenery and glorious sunshine along the canal, looping round Aston Marina and back again.
Walkers included Jane Jackson, Lisa Russell and Ada Haywood, while the runners included Sarah Reynolds, Dawn McGovern, Jo Coombes, Becky Hammond, Marie Halls and Alison Bradford. Every lady donned a Cancer Research T-shirt and was presented with a medal at the end of the race.
- Over £2,200 raised by the end of September
- Over 45km ran and walked
Running is a great activity as the exercise releases natural endorphins, your body’s very own feel-good vibes. Regular running and walking are also good to help with mental clarity, improving blood flow and helping to keep a level head.
“The Stone Ladies NetworkIN group is just amazing! They have always gone the extra mile, from walking on hot coals to jumping out of planes, to help raise money for Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart, for their continued support. All the money raised goes into research – one in two people will get cancer, so it’s vital we find a cure.” Ada Hayward MBE – Volunteer Fundraiser
Cancer Research is the world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research into this deadly disease with a vision to develop a cure for all cancers. Staffordshire outdoor and indoor fundraising activities and events range from bag packing in supermarkets to skydiving, Race for Life runs and walks, and a glitzy annual ball. Learn more about Cancer Research.
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