As women sign up for the popular Race for Life in Bury St Edmunds, organisers are appealing for more participants as well as volunteers to help on the day.
The annual event attracts thousands of fund-raisers, resplendent in pink, who can choose from a 5k or 10k circuit around Nowton Park on June 28 in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Rachel Parratt, the charity’s event manager for Suffolk, said they aim to raise £155,000 from the race and there are still spaces left for people to sign up. She also issued a rallying call to recruit volunteers.
“The atmosphere at our Race for Life events is electric and a big part of that is down to our fantsatic army of volunteers,” she said.
“Race for Life is a women-only event but anyone can play their part as a volunteer - men and women of all ages and abilities.
“Volunteers don’t need to know anyone who is taking part in Race for Life. By simply joining the volunteer squad they will be doing their bit to help us beat cancer sooner.”
Before the event, volunters are needed to spread the word about Race for Life by distributing leaflets and posters and taking part in promotional activities.
On the day, they are also required to help with a wide range of tasks from marshalling to managing the information marquee and handing out medals.
Last year, 2,700 women took part in the Bury St Edmunds race and raised £174,000.
The money allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research to help save lives.
Mrs Parratt added: “The volunteers have a great time helping the participants and enabling them to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work.
“Without the dedication of local men and women, who generously donate their time and energy, our events simply wouldn’t happen.”
For more information about volunteering or taking part in Race for Life, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.