Harleston mum who lost loved one to cancer calls on families to enter Race for Life

Lisa Hartgrove and son Calum getting ready to take on the Race for Life in King's Lynn later this month. ANL-150716-120032001

Lisa Hartgrove and son Calum getting ready to take on the Race for Life in King's Lynn later this month. ANL-150716-120032001

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A young mum from Harleston is encouraging who lost her step-mother to cancer encouraging others to enter a Norfolk Race for Life this month — and make it a family affair in the process.

Lisa Hartgrove, who has a 14-month-old son called Calum, will take part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life on July 21 at Houghton Hall in King’s Lynn in memory of her step-mum Suzanne, and is encouraging new mums to get buggy fit and to come along and take part.

Suzanne, who lived in Essex, died of a rare and aggressive tissue cancer last November, aged just 56. Having been diagnosed with cancer of the soft tissue in October 2013, she fought bravely against the disease but lost her battle a little more than a year later.

“I still can’t believe Suzanne is gone, she was my dad’s soul mate and a lovely lady who always had a smile for everyone, we talk about her a lot but we all miss her so much,” she said.

“She loved Race for Life and whenever I think about the events I get very emotional but I know she would love to see as many families taking part, so I want to encourage all new mums to join the pink army in Suzanne’s honour.

“You can get out with your pushchair to get buggy fit and on the day your little ones and family can cheer you along from the sidelines and you all go home knowing you’ve made a difference and are helping to beat this devastating disease.”

The Race for Life in partnership with Tesco, is a non-competitive series of 5k and 10k events which raises millions of pounds every year for research into more than 200 different cancers.

Julie Braithwaite, Cancer Research UK’s King’s Lynn Event Manager, added: “It can be difficult for mums to find the time and inclination for exercise, beyond chasing around after the kids, but getting ready for the big day needn’t mean spending hours of precious time and money in the gym.

“Gentle exercise such as taking the little one for a walk will help with preparation for the event and has positive benefits for mum and child.

To enter visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.