TEAM Chatfield are a very special team made up of ten women who will be taking part in Eastbourne’s Race for Life on Sunday May 26.

And their fundraising is going great – as of Sunday 10am the figure was

£2,448.50

+ £490.76 Gift Aid

Race For Life is organised by Cancer Research UK and is for women only – running 5k around Hampden Park.

Many of the runners are motivated to take part because of personal battles with cancer – and Team Chatfield is one just group.

Team Leader is Alex Chatfield, part of Chatfields, the independent jewellers in Eastbourne Town centre.

She decided to form the group as two of her friends with young families are battling cancer.

First is Georgina Hughes, aged, 42, who works in sales at Chatfields. 

Here is her story:

“I first felt a lump in my breast last September, and in January I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer which led to a double-mastectomy.

“Further tests discovered that I have cancer in both breasts, but they are completely separate cancers.

“The support I have received from friends has been amazing. I may not be able to complete the Race For Life due to my treatment, and if I can’t I will certainly be there cheering everyone on.

Libby Pickard, 19 and Kitty Pickard 16 are running after their mum Lisa was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, and Lisa is keen to raise awareness of colon and bowel cancer.

Lisa said: “My message to everyone is really simple – you know your body so don’t leave it.

“In my case, it did take a while – and a lot of persistence – to get referred by my GP. I knew something wasn’t right.”

Lisa underwent major surgery in September last year followed by a short period of chemotherapy in December before complications stopped the treatment. 

Kitty’s message is also simple:

“I am doing this for my mum. I also want to raise awareness of the disease, and also improve my own fitness.”

Team Leader Alex said: “Both Georgina and Lisa are amazing people, and I live in awe of both of them.

“We are taking this very seriously, training regularly, so we can complete the 5k race. But it isn’t a race, it’s our way of giving that little bit back. Cancer Research Uk does the most amazing job.”

To sponsor Team Chatfield, go to Team Chatfields (cancerresearchuk.org)