Staff from Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG join Himley Hall’s Race for Life

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SWB Race for Life teamSeven women and their young daughters from Sandwell and West Birmingham’s health services commissioner joined the fight to beat cancer at Himley Hall’s Race for Life.

The group from Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, which is led by local doctors and nurses and funds health services for the area, took part in the annual event to raise money for charity Cancer Research UK.

They joined hundreds of other women to run, walk or dance five kilometres around Himley Hall.

Commissioning Engagement Manager Kally Judge, one of the staff who took part and co-ordinator for this event, said: “As the CCG funds local health services for local patients – including cancer services – we’re well aware of the devastating impact the disease can have on people’s lives. Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer and we have all been touched by this in one way or another.

“This is why we decided to join Race for Life. We’ve already raised £800 and we’re really grateful to everyone who’s supported us.  A very special thank you to our Accountable Officer, Andy Williams, for giving up his Sunday to show his support, as well as our husbands and children for cheering us on on the day. We would also like to thank our lovely friends, family and colleagues for sponsoring us.” 

Andy Williams, Accountable Officer for Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said: “Our staff have done a fantastic job in raising money for this worthwhile cause. They have given up their own time to help make a difference for other people. We are very proud of their success and, most importantly, they had fun at the same time.”

Since Race for Life started in 1994, six million women have taken part and raised more than £493m for Cancer Research UK.