It’s a real family affair

Three generations of the same family who will be doing the Race for Life next month. Mum Jenny Clarke, her daughter Lily Webber, eight and Jenny's mum Carole Clarke are all taking part in the event

Three generations of the same family who will be doing the Race for Life next month. Mum Jenny Clarke, her daughter Lily Webber, eight and Jenny's mum Carole Clarke are all taking part in the event

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This family like doing things together.

And the Race for Life is no
exception.

The three generations of the same family – grandma, mum and daughter – will be dressing up as Pink Ladies to walk the 5k course along Blackpool Promenade along with thousands of other local women tomorrow night.

The Cancer Research UK event will see close to 3,000 women walk, jog or run along the Prom to raise both money and awareness for the fight against cancer.

And Jenny Clarke, her mum Carole Clarke and Jenny’s daughter Lily Webber, from St Annes, all have a very personal and poignant reason to want to take part.

Carole was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and 10 operations – including a mastectomy and having lymphnodes removed – and is still fighting the illness.

The trio took part in the Race for Life together last year, when Lily was just seven years old and they couldn’t wait to do it again.

Jenny, 35, said: “It was lovely last year, there were so many women taking part, it was a great atmosphere out on the Promenade and it’s such an emotional event. With mum having cancer for the last five years, Race for Life is for a cause very close to our hearts.

“We thought it would be nice for the three generations to take part, it’s something we can do together.

“My mum had her mastectomy five years ago to the day on July 10, and is still having treatment, so it will be a very poignant moment. It was a massive shock when the cancer was diagnosed and it was picked up through a mammogram, which just shows the importance of screening.

“It’s because of charities like Cancer Research UK we are able to pick up cancer earlier than in the past and there are treatments.

“We want to support their work to help support people in the future too. And it’s about raising awareness, as much as raising funds.”

The Blackpool Race for Life takes place tomorrow night, at 7.30pm on the Promenade, starting at Tower Festival Headland. Spectators are welcome to come along and cheer on those taking part.