Racing to a record

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SCARBOROUGH women could be set to smash the record for sponsorship money raised during Race for Life.

The huge annual fundraising event took place on May 8 and so far a whopping £72,879 has been handed in to organisers Cancer Research UK.

This figure is more than the total raised at the 2010 Scarborough event.

However, it is hoped that once all of this year’s money has come in, the target could exceed the 2007 figure of £96,300.

Claire Wase, area events manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “Race for Life in Scarborough was a fantastic event and we are so very grateful to everyone who took part or supported our participants, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped make the event 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.

“The number of people surviving cancer is increasing. In the 1960s, fewer than three out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer were successfully treated. Now, it’s more than seven out of 10.

“Today, more than 95 per cent of men diagnosed with testicular cancer are cured and more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before.

“Despite improvements in treatment, we still have a long way to go. One in four people in the UK will die from cancer and with the help of people in Scarborough we want to change that.”

Mrs Wase explained that as many as one in three people forget to send in their sponsorship money and is reminding anyone who hasn’t handed in their cash to do so as soon as possible.

She said: “Some people think the entry fee counts as a donation, but it is purely to cover the cost of running the event.

“Sponsorship money has been coming in nicely, so this is just to remind anyone out there who may have forgotten.”

Return sponsorship money online at www.raceforlife.org, by calling 0871 641 1111 or by post. Send a cheque, payable to “Cancer Research UK”, to Race for Life, PO Box 442, Northampton, NN3 6UU.

Register your interest for 2012 at the above website.