A COUPLE and their four dogs are swapping their normal dog walking attire for bright orange in a bid to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

Rachel Speight-McGregor, 47, and husband Duncan, 45, who live in Ampleforth, together with their four black Labradors, are supporting the joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, which aims to get new pioneering tests and treatments to cancer patients, faster.

This year people are being encouraged to “Get Orange-ified” by getting sponsored to stand out in the colour orange at school, at work or with friends.

Rachel, who is a local fundraising manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re delighted to show our support for Stand Up To Cancer by dressing up in orange. It’s a fun and easy way to get involved and help raise money to save more lives.”

Several of Rachel’s relatives have died from cancer, including her aunt, uncle, grandmother and granddad, but most recently Duncan lost his mum, Sue, to the disease.

Rachel said: “Just like me so many other people we have lost loved ones to this disease and most recently Sue following a brain tumour.

“That’s why we’re determined to encourage people to get involved and raise as much money as possible to help fund life-saving cancer research.”

The couple are also are running a Stand Up To Cancer night at The White Swan, in Ampleforth, on Friday, November 24, from 9pm, including live music and a free pint with every ticket purchased.

Rachel said: “This is a great way for villagers to get involved in Stand Up To Cancer.”

Tickets can be bought from The White Swan for £10. All money raised will go to Stand Up To Cancer.

For information, or to lend your support, phone Rachel on 01439 788239.