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Press Release: February 18, 2010

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGE IN 2010? Why not sign up to this years Braintree Road Race?
Organised by Braintree & District Athletics Club, the 5-mile route will take runners through an undulating rural course starting close to Great Notley Country Park, Braintree, Essex on Sunday March 28.

Endurance coach at the Braintree club, Joe McEwan, said: We really wanted to help a local charity so this year weve decided to give a percentage of the proceeds towards the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. Many people know someone affected by cancer and may have known someone who has used the services offered by the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.

The charity has four cancer support centres, two of which are in Chelmsford. The support centres offer a range of therapies to cancer patients free of charge including counselling, manual lymph drainage, reflexology, aromatherapy and Bach flower remedies.

Charity manager Nicola Douglas, who will be taking part in the race, said: We are delighted Braintree & District Athletics Club is supporting us we are a local organisation providing support to local people.

People using our cancer centres are often uplifted by the experience. We aim to provide a place for people to relax, talk about their cancer if they wish and feel more comfortable in themselves while they learn to live with cancer.

She added: In addition to our support centres, we fund a research programme which operates a laboratory and funds research nurses to care for patients on clinical drug trials. We rely heavily on the publics support of the charity so we can continue funding these valued services.

On the day of the Braintree 5-mile Road Race, there will be toilets and changing facilities as well as refreshments available. In addition there will be a range of trophies up for grabs including a trophy for a school or college team plus a trophy for a business team. Each participant will receive a goody bag and quality T-shirt. Entry to the race costs £10 in advance or £8 for UK Affiliated Athletics Club Members For more information visit http://www.braintreeanddistrictac.co.uk or call Joe McEwan on 01376 551756.


Editor notes:

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity has four cancer support centres: two in Chelmsford, Essex; one in North Middlesex Hospital, London; and another in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, offering support to cancer patients along with their carers, family and friends.The support centres offer counselling and a range of complementary therapies including reflexology, aromatherapy, counselling, massage and Manual Lymph Drainage.

The charity has a research laboratory at Anglia Ruskin University undertaking world-class research into a new potential biomarker and investigating whether we can predict responses to chemotherapy. There is also a team of research nurses caring for cancer patients on clinical drug trials offered by the charity. The charity has 11 retail shops in Hertfordshire, Essex and London and aims to extend its recently launched cancer support groups.

The charity, named after the first woman to present Grandstand, BBC Sports Helen Rollason MBE, marked its 10th anniversary of Helens involvement throughout 2009.
The BBC sport journalist gave her name and image to the charity, before she died of cancer in 1999, in a bid to attract national and international support.
She shared the vision of her oncologist, Professor Neville Davidson, that people should be treated as a whole and not just their illness.
She said: "Good quality of life while coping with cancer is the most important gift a sick person can receive; it should be available to everyone."
The charity receives limited funding, but relies heavily on funding from the community.

Registered Charity No. 1052861
Patron: Lord Coe KBE

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

Melissa MatthewsMelissa Matthews

Tel: 01245 51470001245 514700

Email: melissa.matthews@helenrollason.org.ukmelissa.matthews@helenrollason.org.uk

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