Tadcaster and Selby civic dignitaries are to run for their lives to help beat prostate cancer.
Vice-chairman of Selby District Council and Tadcaster care home worker Coun Richard Sweeting, Mayor of Tadcaster Coun Steve Cobb and his deputy Coun Roderic Parker are joining leader of Selby council Coun John Cattanach in the 5k men only RU Taking the P? run in York on Father’s Day.
“Men just don’t discuss cancer like women do and they should because they are not immune,” said Coun Sweeting, who is activities co-ordinator at Barchester Healthcare’s Highfield Care Home and has first-hand experience of caring for residents living with cancer.
“If we as leaders of the community can show our support and make more men aware of the effects of prostate cancer, then hopefully we can get the message across.”
Prostate cancer affects more than 41,000 men in the UK each year.
RU Taking the P?, now in its fifth year, raises money for research at the University of York’s YCR Cancer Research laboratory, led by internationally-renowned scientist Professor Norman Maitland.
Since 2010, the event has raised more than £46,000.
“I hadn’t realised that the research was carried out in York, but that makes this event even more special because all the money stays locally,” stressed Councillor Cobb.
Legendary York pantomime dame Berwick Kaler and boxer Henry Wharton will be at the event which starts at 9.30am at Rowntree Park.