I have been involved with the Pink Ribbon Run/Walk for the last few years mainly because my husband Guy was on the original committee and I just started by helping out.
In 2012, I was actually going to step down due to work commitments but I got to know Laura Woodcock from Teenage Cancer Trust when she used to come into the Stationery Cupboard for printing for the event. She has such a passion about the charity and I was truly shocked by the fact that six teenagers a day are diagnosed with some form of cancer and the fact that they can visit their GPs up to four times before anything is done.
Each year on race day I turn up at 6.00am to help Guy mark out the course and by this time am feeling totally drained by all the hard work that we, as a committee, have put in. Then at 11am when I see that Sea of Pink, which has now become a Wave of Blue, and see how our town has pulled together to try and raise funds for a great cause, I do get very emotional and know that all the hard work and the late nights are all worth it for this one day, along with the monies raised to help fund the unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.
Guy and I had the opportunity to visit the ward last year and were absolutely blown away by it all – 11 beds with TV’s, Games Consoles, Internet Connection, a social area. Every detail has been taken into consideration to make sure each teenager treated there are teenagers first and foremost.
So please whilst you sit there and read this – why not think about taking part or volunteering on the day or becoming a sponsor. Whatever you can do, however big or small is greatly appreciated by myself and the wonderful committee working with me.