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A CHELMSLEY Wood bank clerk who lost her teenage sister to cancer is urging more women to join in this year's Race for Life.

A CHELMSLEY Wood bank clerk who lost her teenage sister to cancer is urging more women to join in this year's Race for Life.

This is the fourth year Catherine Williams has taken part in the event in memory of her sister Margaret Gillespie.

Margaret, an Archbishop Grimshaw pupil, died in 1994 from non Hodgkins lymphoma aged 18.

Catherine and her other sister Jeannie have signed up for the 5k women-only race in Sutton Park.

The sisters have already raised around £300 in sponsorship, which will be matched by Catherine's employer Abbey Bank, but they are looking for more local people who remember Margaret to help them raise even more.

Catherine said: "Margaret's memory is always alive - we think of her every single day.

"It is 14 years ago now, but there is a gap in our lives that will never be filled."

Cancer Research UK's Gemma Cookham, organiser of this year's Sutton Park event, said: "It is inspiring to see how women like Catherine and Jeannie manage to find hope out of such tragic loss and use their energies to help us fund our research.

"I'm absolutely delighted by the terrific response of local women to our invitation to join us at Race for Life this year."

The race is expected to raise more than £500,000, which will help find better ways of treating, diagnosing and preventing cancer.

A few places remain for the Saturday run on July 12 at 11am. Entries close at midnight on July 8.

To sponsor Catherine and Jeannie in memory of Margaret Gillespie, log on to www.race forlifesponsorme. org/thegillespiegirlz ..SUPL:

 

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