TWO charity workers who got involved after losing relatives to cancer will be among hundreds expected to turn out for the Race for Life this weekend.

Rachel Clarke, 31, and volunteer Margi Kemp, 64, who both work a the Cancer Research UK shop in Durham will be taking part in the charity’s event in the city on Sunday.

Around 1,200 women are expected to don their pink T-shirts to take place in the 5km event at St Leonard's field.

Assistant shop manager Ms Clarke, whose mum was diagnosed with breast cancer research when she was a teenager, said: “She underwent treatment for breast cancer but sadly the cancer returned and spread to her brain and liver.

“She died when I was just 15 years old. It was incredibly difficult and it still is, but I’ve taken part in Race for Life a few times to try and do my bit to help and then this job at Cancer Research UK came up and I knew I wanted to do more to help the charity so I applied.

“Fortunately I got the job and now I’m able to share my own experience to help raise money. Many people who come into the shop are just like me so we can share stories and relate to each other’s experience.”