Brave mum to start race to help research into cancer

Northumberland Sport Race for Life event supported by Cancer Research UK' Stephanie Butland (cancer survivor from Amble) at Northumberlandia who is starting the race.
Northumberland Sport Race for Life event supported by Cancer Research UK' Stephanie Butland (cancer survivor from Amble) at Northumberlandia who is starting the race.

A brave mum who battled cancer has spoken of her honour after being chosen to start a charity run to raise money for research into the disease.

Broomhill-based Stephanie Butland will begin the Race at Your Place event at Northumberlandia: The Lady of the

North land sculpture, on the outskirts of Cramlington.

The event, in association with Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, takes place on the evening of Thursday, May 23.

More than 200 women and girls have already signed up for the fund-raiser – the first sporting event to take place at the £30million landmark.

Stephanie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, but is now in good health, said: “I’m proud and happy and excited to be part of this event.

“Not only will I be taking part, but I’m honoured and excited to be starting this event.”

Stephanie, who has written books about the disease, added: “Cancer Research needs every penny we can give it.”

The deadline for entry, which costs £7, is on Tuesday.

For details or to enter, visit www.northumberlandsport.co.uk

○ Plans are taking shape for a Race at Your Place event in Alnwick.

To be held on Sunday, May 19, it has been organised by town resident Sharon Reid, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

It is being hosted by Alnwick Town Football Club and there will be races for women, children and men.

For details, visit Alnwick’s Race for Life on Facebook and ask to join the group.