CHARITY shop staff members are taking part in this year’s Race for Life after losing members of their family to cancer.

Rosemary Fowler, Rachel Clark, 31, and volunteers Margi Kemp, 64, and Jen Hill, 59, all work at the Cancer Research UK shop in Durham and are taking part in the event St Leonards Sports Fields on Sunday, July 1.

Ms Kemp, from Ushaw Moor, who has two sisters who died of cancer, said: “I really enjoy being part of the shop and being able to help raise money.

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“Sadly we know how cancer can impact your life and take away loved ones from you so I will do all I can to help. I hope everyone in Durham gets behind Race for Life and does their part to help find a cure.”

Ms Fowler, whose sister died of breast cancer when she was 49, said: “I’m so proud to be supporting Race for Life alongside my wonderful staff.

“Together, we can help beat this devastating disease and I want to encourage as many women as possible to join the fight and sign up to Race for Life this January.”

Event manager Lauren Robertson said: “We are very grateful to the shop team for lending their support to Race for Life and it’s clear from their own experiences to see just why we need to do all we can to help fund more research. By signing up, women across the region can make a real difference in the fight against cancer.”

“Taking part in Race for Life is a hugely moving experience - full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter - as people come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived or support those going through treatment. By joining like-minded ladies committed to the cause, local women can unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.”

To enter visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.