Pink tide sweeps charity event

By Richard Wright

Monday, July 28, 2008


Pink tide sweeps charity event

Charlotte Lock, 12, left, with Sgt Penny Deacon, of Newport police, in the Island's Race for Life. Picture by Robin Crossley.


WOMEN who are fighting, or have won their own battles with cancer were among more than 1,000 pretty-in-pink participants in Sunday’s Race for Life.

In addition to those taking part in the event at Medina High’s playing fields and Seaclose Park were hundreds of supporters cheering them on.

Organisers were aiming to beat the £82,000 raised last year in the campaign to beat cancer.

Among teams tackling the 5km distance was one of 14 women from Island police, led by Newport sergeant Penny Deacon, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

She ran in a pink ballgown and wig, her sponsorship effort contributing to the more than £1,000 raised by the team.

Mum of three Karen Burgess, 40, was joined in the annual Cancer Research run by her daughters Stephanie, 14, 12-year-old Alexandra and her colleagues from the Newport branch of Matalan where she works.

She was fighting fit for the run after chemo and radiotherapy that followed her being diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago.

Isle of Wight event organiser Hannah White, from Cancer Research UK, said she was delighted with the response.

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