Coining It in for Cancer Research; A CANCER Charity Is Appealing for Women to Coin in the Cash. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out More

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Byline: HELEN RAE

A NORTH EAST fundraiser is calling on women who took part in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life to take the crucial next step - by returning their sponsorship money.

Helen Tibbott, Race for Life event manager for Newcastle, said: "We are really grateful to the thousands of women who walked, jogged and ran Race for Life in Newcastle.

"Their spirit and determination created an amazing atmosphere on the day as they came together for one cause - to help beat cancer."

Every day, around 40 men and women are diagnosed with cancer in the North East and around 13,900 are diagnosed every year.

But the good news is that more people are beating the disease than ever before.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK's work has been at the heart of that progress.

Helen posed with a giant pounds 1 coin to highlight how important money raised through Race for Life is to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists funded by Cancer Research UK, including those at the Newcastle Cancer Centre at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

They are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease. Organisers are hoping that the mums, daughters, sisters, friends and colleagues who took part in Race for Life in Newcastle will now embrace the fundraising challenge and help to hit the pounds 260,000 target.

Helen said: "We are really grateful to everyone who helped make Race for Life in Newcastle such a huge success.

"The atmosphere on the day was electric. It was incredibly emotional seeing all the 'backsigns' showing why women were taking part - in memory or celebration of a loved one or to mark their own cancer journey. …