Royal Shrewsbury Hospital breast cancer unit are running the Race for Life

Posted: 03/07/2009

T-shirts of pink, white and blue will soon be filling the field of a Shropshire showground as thousands of women gather together to raise as much as they can for Cancer Research.


Among those women will be a number who know the effect of cancer only too well - because they work in the county breast cancer unit based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Many of the women have run in previous races after meeting so many patients affected by the disease during their working lives.
But this year they will run for one of their own, 45-year-old co-worker Kerry Robinson who has recently been told her cancer is terminal.
On July 19 at Shrewsbury’s West Mid Showground about 60 friends, colleagues and family will be running, jogging and walking for Kerry, many donning the specially-made pink t-shirts.
Kerry, of Berwick Grange, Shrewsbury, is a mum and a foster carer who says it is the love and friendship she receives that keeps her strong.
Kerry said: "I am a very family and friends person, I like being with people and it is them that make me strong and positive."
Kerry was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 22, 1999 and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Nine and a half years later the cancer returned and is now in the bones in her neck and back.
"The doctors have told me I am terminally ill, there is not a cure, but they do hope to contain it," she added.
"One of the girls at work told me they had decided to ‘race for Kerry’ but now there are about 60 people doing it for me, my family, my friends and the work colleagues."
After the race Kerry will open a fun-day at 2pm as a thank you to the people running and as an event for the community. It will be held on the duck pond field between Peace Haven and Ramsey Meadows in Berwick Grange.
The event will feature a promise auction with prizes including a Virgin Balloons hot air balloon ride for two, a family ticket to a safari park, Sunday roast for four at the Hand and Diamond, an ironing service, a plumber, a painter and decorator, Cineworld tickets and much more. All monies raised will go to the Lingen Davies Appeal and the Severn Hospice.
There will also be a raffle, a tombola, bric-a-brac, the Fire Service, police, a mini assault course, a penalty shoot-out and a fancy dress competition to be judges by Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski.

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Anne Mitchell, Karen France; bottom from left: Diane Harris, Natalie Clayton and Lynn Rogers all showing their support.