A group of Teesside shopworkers are running the 5k Colour Obstacle Rush at Newcastle Racecourse to support a friend who is battling Cancer.
Sophie Shepherd, Sara Ford, Theona Galeav, Amy Fairburn, Emma Johns, Mariela Gowland and Charlotte Thornton, aged between 19-29, are all from the Stockton and Middlesbrough area and have worked together in the Newlook store based at Teesside Park.
Their friend Rachael Paver, 22, from Hartlepool who also works in Newlook, was diagnosed last July with Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.
She has been receiving treatment on Ward 34 of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.
During treatment in November, she graduated from Teesside University with a 2:1 in Criminology and Law.
Rachael’s progress is amazing and she is well enough to run the course with her friends and their team name is ‘Team 34′.
The event was supposed to take place in September last year but will now be run on May 21 this year.
However, they still managed to raise £130 in sponsorship and decided to donate it to the Teenage Cancer Trust, 1062559.
Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients aged 13-24.
This time, Rachael wants any money raised to go to Ward 34, an adult oncology ward and also home to the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, created specifically for the Teenage and Young Adult patients aged 19-24.
Rachael said: “The staff are fab, like a little family. They all know exactly what they are doing.”
Christopher Layfield, the Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator, who is based on Ward 34 said: “Money raised for Ward 34 goes to the development of equipment for the day room, staffing, activities on and off the ward, transport for patients and anything which can enhance a patients stay with us during this hard time.”
Last year Sophie and Rachael, along with other Newlookers Steph Sharp and Hannah Clare, completed a zip-line off the Transporter Bridge for the British Heart Foundation.
Between them they raised over £600.
There is still time to register for the Colour Run as an individual or group at http://ift.tt/1KNcBRT
With 20 crazy obstacles including foamy slip ‘n’ slides, inflatable bouncy castles and not forgetting the eight colour stations, the girls can’t wait to get involved.
Rachael said: “I’m looking forward to running it even if I might have to walk some of it.”
Sara said: “I’m exhausted just reading about it!”
While Theona said: “I’m so excited, I’ve even started training five days a week so that is how dedicated I am.”
So far, all of the girls taking part in the Colour Run have over £130 in sponsors for Ward 34.
To support ‘Team 34′ you can donate via http://ift.tt/1OwMAAY