Pals team up for gruelling 24-hour cancer fundraiser

READY TO ROLL Luscious Lux is taking part in the Relay for Life
READY TO ROLL Luscious Lux is taking part in the Relay for Life
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THEY have all been affected by cancer in one way of another.

Now, 12 women from Portsmouth are teaming up to take part in a 24-hour fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.

Luscious Lux – as they have dubbed thmselves – is made up of Kathy Lucking, Susan Lucking, Lynne Harfield, Sarah Docherty, Anna Hall, Caroline Poole, Natalie Savage, Aimee Mcniven, Emma Manning, Hannah Godfrey, Michelle Herman and Karen Ward.

The Relay for Life is at The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth from 12pm tomorrow until midday on Sunday.

They have all lost close family members or friends to the disease and have family members fighting a battle with cancer.

Kathy Lucking, 29, from Portchester recently lost her uncle to cancer, and her grandad is also battling it.

She is captain of Luscious Lux and said: ‘Relay For Life is a remarkable event with the proceeds helping to save lives in our local area.

‘Having lost a family member this year to the disease with another two members fighting, it’s something my teammates and I feel very passionate about.

‘Last year the event raised £65,000 with the target this year of £70,000.

‘We hope to contribute to that by raising as much as we can in sponsorship to go towards helping to save the lives of our family and friends.’

The relay begins with an inspiring Survivors’ Lap of Honour where people who have beaten cancer walk the first lap, cheered on by the crowd.

There is also a Candle of Hope ceremony to pay tribute to those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Kathy added: ‘I did it last year because it was a good thing to do. It was such an emotional event. It’s such a good cause.’

Most of the girls are old friends of Kathy’s or friends of the family.

‘It really heavily relates to all of us,’ she said. ‘It’s something we are really passionate about. It’s something that means something to us.

‘Last year there was torrential rain from beginning to end. It was hard work.

‘We stayed awake as a team to keep everyone’s spirits up.

‘This year it will be different weather but it’s going to be hot so it will still be extreme weather. We are really excited about it.’

Relay For Life is an annual event held to bring people together to help beat cancer.

People take turns walking laps, and each team keeps at least one member on the track at all times for 24 hours.