Colleagues preparing for sponsored run

Mud challenge to help cancer research

Caring Salford Royal staff are offering mud and sweat (but hopefully not tears) to help find new ways to prevent and treat cancer.

A team from the Research and Development department will take part in the Manchester Pretty Muddy 5k, a muddy obstacle course through Heaton Park raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Oncology Research Nurse Kathryn Fry and Senior Clinical Trials Administrator Kay Goulden came up with the idea and roped in colleagues Jess Zadik, Diane Lomas, Vicky Thomas and Amy Barratt for the event on Saturday 16 July.

Kathryn said: “As an oncology research nurse, I see what a huge impact a diagnosis of cancer, and having treatment for cancer, can have on patients and their families. But I also get to see new treatments being given – treatments that initially are only available to patients as part of a trial, but then in time become available for all patients.

“This is why I am running the Race for Life: so Cancer Research UK can fund more research, which will improve lives and outcomes for people living with cancer.”

The team is hoping to raise at least £800 and has a JustGiving page.

Emma Rowlandson, Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Event Manager at Heaton Park, said: “We are very grateful to hear the Salford Royal team are joining our Pink Army and helping us to raise funds to beat cancer sooner.

“Every day, around 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. That’s why we need women of all shapes and sizes to pull on their leggings, lace up their trainers and show their support.”

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of people across the UK.