A TEAM of inspirational cancer survivors have their paddles at the ready as they gear up to take part in a popular annual fundraising boat race in aid of a local cancer charity.
Survivors of breast, testicular and bowel cancer, along with their family and friends, have formed the Paddlers for Life team from the charity of the same name, which aims to shows there is life and laughter after receiving a diagnosis.
The group is the latest team to sign up for the Weston Park Cancer Charity’s annual Dragon Boat Regatta, which will be held on Saturday, June 4 at Rother Valley Country Park – and they are now encouraging others to join them.
The event will see teams of between 13 and 20 people take to the water in 40ft boats and battle it out for the top spot.
Breast cancer survivor Sue Cogley, aged 51, runs the charity, which promotes a healthy lifestyle through exercise – including dragon boat racing – and offers support to survivors, family and friends.
The mum-of three from Chorley, Lancashire, and her team will travel across the Pennines to take part in the event for the second time.
Sue said: “It’s always a lovely day full of fun and laughter.
“Knowing that we are supporting a great cause keeps us coming back. I’d encourage friends and colleagues to get together, form a team and join in.
“We’re not a competitive team, but as survivors we know that just by being there and taking part means that we’ve already won the race.”
Money raised at the event will go towards the £1.2 million the charity needs each year to fund cancer treatment, care, research and support services for patients at Weston Park Hospital.
Helen Gentle, fundraising officer at the charity, said: “The Dragon Boat Regatta is a fantastic fundraising event.
“We still have some boats available and it’s a great opportunity for people to club together to form a team and have a fun day out whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause.
“The charity relies on the donations and fundraising efforts of members of the public so we want to encourage other people to get involved and help us make the event another huge success.”
n Visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk for more information and to sign up.