The charity has postponed all Race for Life events this spring and summer, across the UK, to protect the country’s health during the coronavirus outbreak.
This includes the Race for Life 5k that was due to take place at Steyne Gardens in Worthing on Sunday, June 21.
Jenny Ainsworth, senior area event manager for the south region, said the Race for Life movement was empowering for everyone involved and asked people to mark the rescheduled date of Sunday, September 27, in their diaries, to show support for the 51,400 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the south east.
She added: “We’re sending a heartfelt message to everyone to seize the opportunity and come join us to Race for Life in Worthing this September at Steyne Gardens.
“As the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, we are listening to the advice and guidance of the UK government carefully.
“While our priority is ensuring that people affected by cancer get the support and information they need during unprecedented times, we’re having to work quickly to understand the impact the pandemic will have on Cancer Research UK’s fundraising.
“We have urgently reviewed our events, including Race for Life. As the safety of our supporters, volunteers, suppliers and staff across the hundreds of Race for Life events due to take place in 2020 is incredibly important, we have made the decision to postpone the events scheduled in May, June and July, including Race for Life Worthing.
“We hope men, women and children will unite against cancer and make Race for Life Worthing the best yet this September. Together we can beat cancer.
“Since it began, Race for Life has raised more than £890million for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken part and hope their support will continue throughout these unprecedented times.”
People who had already signed up for this year’s Race for Life can transfer their entry to the new September date.
Money raised through Race for Life helps to make long-term research and pioneering trials possible, leading to new tests and kinder treatments, which could save the lives of more men, women and children across the south east.
For more information, visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.
Every hour six people are diagnosed with cancer in the south east of England. But the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
Jenny said Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies entirely on the public’s generous support. The charity was able to spend more than £34million last year in the south east on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.
Now many of the scientists and researchers funded by Cancer Research UK are currently being redeployed to help in the fight against Covid-19, including assisting with testing for the virus. By helping to beat coronavirus, the charity can lessen the impact that this virus is having on the care of cancer patients.
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