CRUK stages Race for Life at Home fundraiser for second year running

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is to re-stage its virtual Race for Life at Home event for a second year running due to ongoing social distancing restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The charity’s in-person Race for Life fundraising events usually take place each year but have been postponed until the autumn due to lockdown restrictions.

Instead, it will stage its virtual fundraiser Race for Life at Home to raise money in their local areas on 24 April. Sign up costs £5 and entrants will receive a fundraising pack and medal.

“Like most charities, Cancer Research UK has been hit hard by COVID-19 with a predicted £300m drop in income over the next 3 years,” said the charity.

“Race for Life at Home asks people to run, walk or jog 5k in their local area in April and raise money to help Cancer Research UK continue its life-saving research. Anyone and everyone can take part, as individuals or in small, socially distanced groups.”

The charity will once again stage a virtual event on its dedicated Race for Life Facebook page, which will include a minute’s reflection for family and friends who are undergoing treatment or who lost their battle with cancer.

CRUK chief executive Michelle Mitchell said that postponing its in person events until the autumn gives the charity the best chance to ensure they can go ahead. The charity was forced to cancel all in person Race for Life events last year due to the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to see everyone reunited on the start line, coming together to help beat cancer,” she said.

“But to keep making progress for people affected by cancer, we still need help today. We’re absolutely determined to continue our vital work to save more lives but can’t do it alone. Every pound will help get our life-saving work get back on track.”

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