We’re putting the fun into fund-raising

Stand Up To Cancer Crazy Legs from left: Alana Stevens, Karen Pollard and Wendy Barratt.
Stand Up To Cancer Crazy Legs from left: Alana Stevens, Karen Pollard and Wendy Barratt.
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Members of a Thornton fitness studio are giving fund-raising a ‘leg up’ to help a nationwide cancer campaign.

They are donning their brightest neon leggings in a bid to get local people to back the Crazy Legs challenge, and raise money for Stand Up To Cancer – by dressing up their pins.

A joint fund-raising campaign by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, Stand Up To Cancer aims to raise money to fund vital research, to get new and better treatments to cancer patients faster.

As part of this year’s campaign, schools, offices, friends and families are being invited to take on the Crazy Legs challenge – getting sponsored to wear a ridiculous item of clothing on their lower half for a day.

That’s why members of Wendy Hollands Fitness Studios, based on Red Marsh Industrial Estate, Thornton, are embracing the challenge with relish.

They posed for pictures on the seafront in their neon leggings to help raise awareness.

Wendy Barratt, managing director of the studios, and also choreographer and creative designer at The Legends Show, said: “We’ve really enjoyed pulling on our brightest bottom halves to raise awareness about the Stand Up To Cancer fund-raising campaign and certainly turned a few heads on the seafront.

“The Crazy Legs challenge is a fun and simple way to support Stand Up To Cancer and help raise money to fund research that saves lives.

“Many of us know of someone who has been affected by cancer, so this is a cause close to our hearts. We’re determined to do all that we can to help beat this devastating disease.”

Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK’s spokesman for the North West, said: “We’d like to thank Wendy and her colleagues for standing up to cancer in style.

“From office workers in jazzy tights, teachers in clown trousers, firemen in flippers, or rugby players in tutus – we’re asking people of all walks of life, from across the Fylde coast, to go barmy on their bottom halves this October.

“By taking on the Crazy Legs challenge, they’ll be helping to raise crucial cash for life-saving cancer research.

“Simply pull on a ridiculous bottom half for the day and either make a donation or get sponsored by friends and family.”

Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer has already raised over £23.8m.

This year’s campaign is up and running, and will culminate with an evening of special programming on Channel 4 on Friday, October 9.

* Visit standuptocancer.org.uk for more information.