Sheffield cancer victim urges women to sign up for Race for Life events

Jennie Plant and her team Plants Pots get set for this years Race For Life, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 29 March 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography
Jennie Plant and her team Plants Pots get set for this years Race For Life, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 29 March 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

A cancer survivor from Sheffield is issuing a ‘call to arms’ to women, encouraging them to sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events.

Jennie Plant is urging women to choose a 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy event to take part in this summer to help in the fight against cancer.

The 36-year-old, from Hillsborough, spent Saturday at Meadowhall signing up shoppers for the fundraising events.

Mum-of-two Jennie was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014, just two days before her 35th birthday.

She underwent chemotherapy, a mastectomy and radiotherapy in a bid to beat the disease.

That year her family, friends and colleagues at insurance firm Aviva entered a team, known as ‘Plant’s Pots’, into Race for Life’s Pretty Muddy event at Clumber Park, raising thousands of pounds.

“Although I couldn’t take part as I was having chemo, I was there on the day to cheer them on. I was thrilled and honoured that they raised several thousands of pounds,” said Jennie.

“I kept active throughout my treatment, which helped me get through it better that I could have hoped for. So the following year, on my 36th birthday, I joined the team myself and took part in the Clumber Park Pretty Muddy in June.”

The team has signed up this year’s event Tough Mudder event in Clumber Park on July 2.

Jennie added: “It is thanks to research I’m still here. That’s why I’m calling on the brave ladies of Sheffield to join me and the ‘Plant’s Pots’ at the Race for Life starting line this year, united with us in our aim to beat this devastating disease.”

To enter a Race for Life event visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.