Running for life

Donna Haines, 24, of Havant with Jackie Roffey, 40, of Hayling Island.    Picture: Malcolm Wells (112603-7887)
Donna Haines, 24, of Havant with Jackie Roffey, 40, of Hayling Island. Picture: Malcolm Wells (112603-7887)

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The deaths of several close family members prompted Jackie Roffey to run in the Race for Life.

The 40-year-old was running the race in memory of family and friends who have lost their lives to the disease.

Her grandmother passed away with cancer several years ago and her brother tragically took his own life at Christmas after suffering from mental health issues.

She wanted to use the Race for Life to highlight the difficulty in spotting mental health problems.

Jackie of Meath Close, Hayling Island, says: ‘We have lost a lot of people in my family to cancer and at the moment there are a lot of men that I know who have cancer.

‘My brother took his own life through mental health at Christmas and he was only 43.

‘Thanks to the work of Cancer Research UK it is now much easier to spot cancer when someone has it.

‘But mental health issues are still very difficult to spot and you wouldn’t know someone has it until it is too late.

‘So I’m running in memory of my grandmother, who was an inspiration to me, and several friends who have died of cancer.

‘But I’m also running for my brother to help highlight that difference.’

Jackie decided to split the money she raised on the day between Cancer Research UK and mental health charity Mind.