Shelley’s Great North Run for breast cancer research

Press Release For immediate release: 23 September 2009 Press contact: Louise Garrahan, Media Relations Officer, Breast Cancer Campaign, DD 0207 749 3724, Email: lgarrahan@breastcancercampaign.org Shelley’s Great North Run for breast cancer research Local runner Shelley Hooper from Watchet, Somerset, pounded the Newcastle pavements on Sunday (20 September) in the Bupa Great North Run for Breast Cancer Campaign. The supermarket checkout operator joined 57,000 runners for the 13.1 mile race and completed the course in three hours and six minutes. Shelley ran in memory of her mother-in-law, Christine Cockram, who sadly died from breast cancer in December 2002 and raised more than £1,000 to fund breast cancer research. Shelley said: “I took part with my husband, Anthony, and Dad, Chris, who has run the race before, and we all really enjoyed it. We are considering doing it again next year. I would just like to say thank you to all those that supported me and donated to Breast Cancer Campaign. Special thank you to Izzy and Joe from the Watchet Boxing Club and Gym and Dawn from Slimming World who helped me to lose seven stone in weight and get fit. Also a big thank you to my fundraising team, Tracey and Courtney Bland – they have worked their socks off this summer to help me to raise all the money.” Every day 125 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer, so if you would like to help fund breast cancer research and take part in a running event for Campaign, please call the Events Team on 0207 749 4107 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org. As well as receiving a fundraising pack with a professional Ronhill vest, all runners will be part of a motivated team dedicated to helping Campaign in their mission to beat breast cancer. ENDS Picture caption: Shelley Hooper with husband Anthony and dad Chris Notes to editors • Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure • Currently it supports 101 research projects, worth over £14.2 million, in 41 centres of excellence across the UK and Ireland • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women • In the UK, nearly 46,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year - that’s 125 a day • Visit www.breastcancercampaign.org

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