Derry woman Irene Hewitt will be dressing in a bright pink sports outfit this Sunday to run Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life in the Stormont Estate in Belfast.
The Race For Life event is part of a series of women-only events taking place to raise money for research into all 200 types of cancer.
Sadly, cancer has been a big part of Irene’s family history and she has lost many family members to the terrible disease.
61-year-old Irene will be running in memory of her mum and on behalf of her sister who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in June 2014.
It is her sister’s bravery and courage that has inspired Irene to run the 5k race, along with thousands of others all hoping to raise essential funds for Cancer Research.
Irene is a great support to her sister who is now currently in remission and having regular check-ups.
Irene says: “I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing event. My sister has been such a fighter and I am honoured to be running for her.
“I would like to do all I can to help raise enough money for Cancer Research UK. The more people running, the more money raised, which will increase the chance of finding a cure to help future generations.”
Irene has worked at the Tesco store on Strand Road for more than 20 years and, as a ‘Community Champion’, her role involves co-ordinating the Tesco charity collections, as well as bag packing for customers.
As the Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life events are in partnership with Tesco, who are marking their 14th year with the charity, Irene felt inspired to take part and she has almost double her fundraising target of £100, which can be found at: www.justgiving.com/irenehewitt.