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Airedale nurse joins thousands in Race for Life

[Saturday 13 May 2006]

A NURSE from Airedale Hospital's Breast Cancer Clinic will be playing her part in one of Britain's biggest fundraising events as she runs in this weekend's 'Race for Life' at Broughton Hall near Skipton.

Angela Wood aims to raise money and awareness of a cancer prevention study available for local ladies to participate in at the Steeton Hospital.

Angela Wood
Angela Wood taking part in Race for Life
at Broughton Hall

The 44 year old, from Sutton in Craven, will join 3000 other local women running in the annual 3 mile race tomorrow, which is in aid of Cancer Research UK. There will be 230 similar events held across the country over the next three months.

Angela said: "It's part of my job to care for people with breast cancer every day. I can understand the effect it has on the ladies diagnosed, their families and everyone around them. It is so important to me to be involved and be a part of this fantastic event.

"I also want to let local ladies know of a really important cancer prevention study which is happening at their own local hospital. This could provide them and future generations with a valuable option in helping to control the disease.

"It is a real mixture of emotions throughout the day, especially at the beginning when they hold a one minute's silence in remembrance, but I wouldn't miss it for anything.

"This year I am running with my sister as she has lost her sister in law to breast cancer. We entered for the first time last year and I'm not sure we'll be running the whole way but we'll do our best."

The annual race, which takes place at various venues across the country, attracts thousands of women from across the area. This year 2 events are being held at Broughton Hall because of the huge number of women wanting to take part. They will be running through the grounds of the magnificent stately home.

The Race was first staged in 1994, when over 680 women joined forces in Battersea Park to raise £36,000 in sponsorship.

Twelve years on, Race for Life has grown to become the UK's biggest women-only fundraising event. Over £100 million has now been raised for Cancer Research UK and more than 2 million women have taken part in the events.

This year, Cancer Research is hoping to raise £46 million - double the target from last year - by bringing an incredible 750,000 women together.

Women can find out more about whether they are eligible to take part in the breast cancer prevention study by contacting Janet Hale or Christine Coe at Airedale Hospital on 01535 292933 or email christine.coe@anhst.nhs.uk

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