Cotteridge-based team member Gemma Rainford led her colleagues in the muddy run and fundraising drive, who together raised £2,400 for Cancer Research UK. The cause is one close to Gemma’s heart as her sister is battling breast cancer.
“My sister Claire was diagnosed with cancer in October last year. My sister means the world to me and it has been the worst nine months of mine and my family’s lives,” Gemma said.
“Watching someone you love and care about go through such a horrible disease is heart-breaking.
“I am so proud of the amount we have raised and if it wasn’t for Cancer Research and the amazing work they do, my sister’s outcome may have been different.”
In the UK, cancer takes a life every four minutes, which equates to around 164,000 cancer deaths every year. With the incidence rates for all cancers expected to rise by 2% by 2035, there is a lot of work to do to find and fund treatments, drugs, aftercare and support for those diagnosed and their families.
Director and head of our Cotteridge site, Nesheela Nazir, said: “We all know someone affected by cancer – whether they’ve directly received a diagnosis or they’re the family or friends of someone tackling cancer. It’s a horrible disease that has a bigger impact on our Birmingham community, including someone in our own team. It’s been wonderful that we could rally behind Gemma and her family to raise funds for this immensely important cause, and we thank everyone who donated.”
Anyone interested in making a donation to our fundraising efforts for Cancer Research UK or funding out more about our community work can phone 0121 514 5279.
 Cancer Research UK, ‘Cancer Statistics for the UK’