Breast cancer survivor Sally Harris and her colleagues prepare for Race for Life

Staff at Benendon Healthcare Society, from left, Laura Middleton, Sally Harris, Katie Clemishaw and Laura Pringle prepare for the Race for Life

Staff from Browns department store, in York, get in training for the run. Altogether, a team of 25 from the shop are taking part this year and hope to raise more than £2,500 between them – and top last year’s figure of £1,200 raised by the store

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

WITH only two days to go before this year’s York Race for Life, breast cancer survivor Sally Harris and her work colleagues are ready for action.

The mother-of-two will be walking the 5km course on York’s Knavesmire to celebrate her recovery from the disease.

Sally will be joined by her daughter, Rachael, her son’s partner, Vikki Hardcastle, and five colleagues from Benenden Healthcare Society – Janice Ashton, Laura Middleton, Laura Pringle, Jenny Poulter and Katie Clemishaw.

The 48-year-old, who lives in The Mount, York, has survived surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy to beat breast cancer.

She said: “I was diagnosed last year. I thought they were going to say ‘don’t worry, it’s nothing’, so it was a shock when they said, ‘sorry, it’s actually breast cancer’.

“The worst part for me was the four months of chemotherapy because it makes you feel so tired and sick. It was a hard slog.

“Losing my hair was difficult too. I used to have long, straight hair and it’s really strange because now it has grown back I have a head of curls.”

Sally, who is a members’ services advisor at Benenden Healthcare Society, praised the treatment she received at York Hospital and in Leeds.

“Doing the Race for Life is a way I can give something back because the treatment I’ve had has been absolutely fantastic,” she said.

Sally and her team are raising funds for Cancer Research UK, and anybody who would like to sponsor them can visit their online fundraising page at justgiving.com/Gemma-Dillon Benenden Healthcare Society, which offers a range of support services for members with cancer, is providing free physiotherapy for women taking part in Race for Life on Sunday.

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