Ready to race in honour of their grandad

IN THE RACE Cousins Sophie Spooner, left, and Kirsty Hext  who are running in the Race For Life for their grandad Cyril Hext from West Leigh who has cancer. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132002-1)
IN THE RACE Cousins Sophie Spooner, left, and Kirsty Hext who are running in the Race For Life for their grandad Cyril Hext from West Leigh who has cancer. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132002-1)
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THREE cousins from Havant are showing their love for their grandfather who is battling cancer for the third time by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Cyril Hext was most recently diagnosed just three months ago.

He has undergone radiotherapy treatment for cancer in his lung and brain.

The 73-year-old, also from Havant, was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over a decade ago. His granddaughters, Sophie Spooner, and Kirsty Hext, both 18, and 21-year-old Becky Hext will be joining thousands of other women at the Portsmouth Race for Life in Southsea on Sunday.

Sophie, who has raised over £100 in sponsorship so far, said: ‘My grandad has beaten cancer twice before but it recently came back for a third time in his lung and brain. He is undergoing radiotherapy for his brain tumour but doctors have said they cannot remove his lung cancer.

‘Before he found out he had cancer for the third time, he was up and working every day.

‘Since then, he has become very poorly and unable to move or even look after himself.’

Sophie added: ‘I took part in Race for Life last year for the first time as other members of my family have had cancer.

‘I loved the atmosphere. This year taking part has even more meaning.

‘My cousins and I will be wearing specially made T-shirts with our grandad’s photograph. He is pleased we are taking part.’

The girls hope Cyril will be able to see them cross the finish line on Sunday with his family.

It is hoped that around 8,000 women will take part in the choice of 10k or 5k events.

There are still places to fill in both and registration has been extended by 24 hours, now closing at midnight tonight. There are no entries on the day.

To enter visit raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.