Warriors on the run

CANCER Warriors had a team of seven running in the Manchester 10k to raise funds and awareness of their charity.

The team members were local councillors Jan Jackson and Jim Fitzpatrick, police constable Mike Devine, Jonah Harrison Rooke, Kelly Lomas, father and son Martin and Oliver Lomas.

All the team had a reason to run, Kelly lost her mum Christine Whitehead to ovarian cancer while Martin Lomas, who completed the 10k in less than 55 minutes, gave Cancer Warriors’ founder and chairman Derrick Evans his medal as he wanted to take part but could not due to his health conditions so he gave his medal up so Derrick could feel part of the day.

You can still make a donation via Cancer Warriors’ Facebook page.

Volunteers from Cancer Warriors give up a weekend to support more than 200 Cubs and Scouts take part in their adventure badge by participating in a caving expedition at Alderley Edge. They provided meals for the instructors and the Cubs, but also supported the health and safety of all the children participating.

Head chef and volunteer Graham Fitton cooked more than 100 hot dogs, burgers, 80 breakfasts, a stag chilli and potato pie supper. The team served more than 150 brews, 200 drinks and snacks for the children.

It was also an opportunity to introduce Cancer Warriors’ new team member, mascot Lenny the Lion. He attended the event to encourage the children to get involved.

Derrick said: “It was a fantastic weekend and was the favourite event I have done. To be able to give back support that Cancer Warriors regularly receives couldn’t be better.

“I am blessed to have the best team of volunteers anyone could ask for, to take time out over a weekend to support the event and to look after attendees, cook, clean and supervise. They are priceless and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Without volunteers Cancer Warriors just wouldn’t exist as it does now.”

Warriors thanked Phil Lilley, Mark Beddows, Roy Wood, Mark Stevens, Richard Bullock and Steve Richmond together with the 2nd Cheadle Explorers who all donated their caving fees to the charity and Gary Conner at Parfetts cash and carry in Stockport for supplying food and drinks.

This was one of many events the Warriors participate in, not only for community payback to say thank you for the support the charity gets but also to ensure that people know about the services they offer and to let everyone know they are not alone.

Cancer Warriors also had a stall the Stalybridge Festival Committee’s spring show at Cheetham Park, Stalybridge, as the tombola raised £179.20. They also had an information stall to provide information and support about living with and beyond cancer.

If you want to know more about Cancer Warriors, volunteer opportunities, fundraising, events
and more then email the team via Cancerwarriors@mail.com facebook @cancerwarriorsuk or call into the centre on Melbourne Street, Stalybridge, Tuesday to Friday 10am-2pm and 10am to noon on Saturday or call into one of the monthly coffee mornings held in the local community for anyone living with and beyond cancer.

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