THE Newcastle Arms, Coldstream ladies darts team are putting down their arrows and putting on their running shoes, tutus and angel wings to take part in the Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, on June 19.
Helen Deane, 47, is team captain and she is joined by Diane Wilcox, Helen Dumble and Vivienne Votier.
Helen is doing the Race for Life for her husband Ged who survived malignant melanoma. Jed was first diagnosed in 2002 and after an operation to remove the first melanoma Ged had to have another operation a year later. He has had the all clear for over seven years.
They had only been married a couple of years when Ged was diagnosed, and Helen said, “It was very scary. I noticed this mole on Jed’s back and when we got it checked they had us back within days to get it operated on.
“Now every night when he is getting changed we are both hoping that we don’t find anything.”
A year later, Helen was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Helen said: “Though I can get very tired and a get a lot of pains I consider myself very lucky because I work full time and am still able to get about. I think I will have to walk the Race for Life though!”
The couple are passionate supporters of Cancer Research UK’s work. Ged is manager of the Haddington shop and Helen volunteers at the Berwick CRUK shop, where she was manager until earlier this year.
“It’s good to give something back. All the girls in the team are keen to show their support for Cancer Research.”
Vivienne, a social care officer, is on the Newcastle Arms team.
“We agreed that we’re going to walk it,” said Vivienne, who has done the race before. “I have a dog so I’m used to walking.”
Like Helen, raising money fo Cancer Research has a significance for Viviene. Her father Dave Wilson is currently battling mouth cancer. He has undergone two operations, the second one last year, and so far has the all clear.
“I lost both my grandads to cancer, so this is really important to me.”
All the girls taking part have family or friends that have been affected by cancer and know that without charities like Cancer Research, work on finding a cure and improving the treatments available.
For more information about the Race for Life go to www.raceforlife.org