STAFF at a city watering hole will leave the bar to take on this year’s Race for Life – but time is running out for other women to sign up.
Workers from Chaplins, in Stockton Road, are stepping out for the Cancer Research UK event this month.
Bar supervisor Debra Jones is passionate about supporting the cause after her sister Angela McAnaney was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.
Angela, now 54, had a mastectomy and is still receiving treatment.
Debra, 51, of Barnes, said: “I’ve lost many customers to cancer over the years and with what’s happened to my sister I really wanted to do the Race for Life.
“We’re also doing a bit of fund-raising in the pub for the cancer wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital. We have already got £234 collected for that, which we will pass on.”
Danielle McDonald, Melanie Fenton and Natalie Thacker will join Debra at Herrington Country Park on May 20, along with thousands of other wome.
In 2011, 4,500 women took part in the race in Sunderland, raising £180,000 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.
This year, the charity has set a target of £170,000.
But the deadline for those wanting to sign up for this year’s race closes on Thursday, May 17.
Women can either jog or walk 5k or 10k routes at the event.
Holly Howey, event manager for Race for Life, said: “We still have places left for the Sunderland event but we are reminding women who want to take part at this venue that they must enter as soon as possible, before registration closes.”
Those taking part can also help out the charity by doing a “wardrobe work-out” before the firing pistol sounds.
The charity is encouraging them to give quality clothes, books and accessories to the Donation Station at Race for Life.
Women can enter the races at www.raceforlife.org or by ringing 0871 641 1111.