A Milton Keynes-based company is preparing to take on Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in the city this summer.
A team of 38 colleagues and friends from a local branch of Jungheinrich are coming together and entering Race for Life at Campbell Park on June 8.
The ladies work in various roles within the organisation and all have different reasons for signing up to walk, jog or run the 5km course, but what unites them is the ambition to raise funds to help Cancer Research UK beat cancer sooner. By joining an army of formidable women, they will help raise over £300,000 for the charity.
Paula Holmes, senior administrator for Jungheinrich in Milton Keynes has a special reason for taking part. She said: “I was diagnosed with bowel cancer last March which took me completely by surprise as I keep fit and am only in my early forties. I was admitted to Milton Keynes Hospital where I had an operation to remove the cancer, followed by chemotherapy.
“I am taking part in the Race for Life to thank all the doctors and nurses who helped me through this terrible period and also to thank all my family, friends and work colleagues for their love and support. Raising money which can help someone else going through treatment for this terrible disease is my motivation for taking part.”
Their commitment doesn’t stop there as the company have set about producing one of their own New Generation Torque Converter trucks in an eye-catching pink to show their support for Race for Life. The brand new Race for Life pink truck will be unveiled at the event, with staff from Jungheinrich offering the chance to win a trip to Whittlebury hall spa, in their forklift photograph competition.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k and 10K events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner.
Thousands of men, women and children across the South East are alive today because of research. Some of the landmark advances in treatment include Tamoxifen for breast cancer and Cisplatin for testicular cancer – developments which both involved Cancer Research UK researchers playing a key role.
Cara Waller, Cancer Research UK’s South East Events Manager, said: “We’re calling on the Women of Milton Keynes to help us stop cancer in its tracks. Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast. Instead, they are an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.
“So whether it’s the 5K or 10K walk, jog or run event that takes your fancy, to join us now, go to www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.”
To sponsor the team from Jungheinrich, visit www.justgiving.com/jungheinrich-uk or, if you prefer, you can text your donation. To donate £10, text IDC158£10 to 70070.