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Giant Art For York's Race For Life

Jenny Murgatroyd Race For Life 070313

6:01am 13th April 2013

A young Yorkshire graffiti artist will create a unique piece of giant art in front of York shoppers today in the hope of raising awareness of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.


19 year old Tom Sledmore, of York, will spend the day painting the 8 ft by 12 ft image inspired by Race for Life, depicting a powerful message of defiance to cancer.


Starting at 10.30 am with a blank ‘canvas’ in Parliament Street,  art student Tom will work for five hours on his work of art, slowly revealing the final message.


The York Race for Life takes place on Sunday 2nd June at the Racecourse.


Every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire and The Humber, say Cancer Research, and that’s why women and girls of every shape and size are needed to join together as a formidable army and take on cancer.


Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.


Jenny Murgatroyd, Race for Life event manager in Yorkshire, said: “We are very grateful to Tom, whose passion and creativity is helping us to spread the word about Race for Life to those who live and visit York.


“We hope Tom’s art will stop the shoppers in their tracks to see what’s going on and that they will stay and watch him work and that this will motivate them to support Race for Life and come back to join us at York Racecourse on Sunday 2nd June.”


“We need the mums, grans, daughters, sisters and friends to enter Race for Life today. 


“And there’s a really important role for men as well.  We need them to step forward as volunteers and play a key role in making the events happen.


By raising money through Race for Life, people in Yorkshire are helping Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists make advances in research which will help more men, women and children survive, say the organisation.


Jenny continued: “There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk and we mean every word we say. Cancer, York is coming to get you.”


Last year, 2851 women and girls took part in Race for Life in York and raised a fantastic £154,000. This year, organisers say they need 3,700 to stride out and help raise £265,000 for vital research.


Participants come in all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness, says Jenny, adding that they are from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it. 


Jenny added: “Race for Life is non-competitive.  It doesn’t matter how fit or fast you are.  Taking part is about joining together against a disease that affects all of us.  You can walk the 5k & 10k routes, run it, jog it or even dance your way round if you prefer. Please take the first step by signing up today.”


Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of Yorkshire the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured, says Jenny.


To enter Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org

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