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CHESHIRE’S men and women are being urged to step forward and volunteer at this year’s Race for Life events. 

Organisers are recruiting now for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life’s volunteer army –a squad of dedicated supporters who help make the 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events an outstanding success for everyone who takes part.  

As the countdown starts to the weekend of events at Tatton Park, Cheshire on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, organisers are calling on people from all walks of life to sign up as helpers at 

There’s a wide variety of fun and inspiring roles on offer, open to both men and women. 

At the 5k and 10k events, volunteers are needed to manage the information marquee, cheer participants around the course and hand out well deserved medals at the finish line.
At the Race for Life Pretty Muddy events, volunteers will also play a crucial role encouraging and supporting participants of all ages as they tackle the scramble nets and inflatable hurdles, clamber over the climbing frame and hurtle themselves down the mud-splattered inflatable slide. 

There’s also the opportunity to be a ‘Mud Mixer’ on the day, helping to get the consistency just right for participants to crawl, wade and splash about in.  

Laura Cass, Cancer Research UK’s Cheshire Event Manager, said: “Volunteering at the Race for Life is fun, challenging and rewarding. It’s a great way to connect with the local community as people from all walks of life come together to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. 

Laura added: “By volunteering, men and women in Cheshire will be helping to support a hugely successful fundraising event, enabling thousands of participants and their supporters to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work. We couldn’t do it without them and we’ve no doubt that they’re up to the challenge. 

“Whatever time and skills you have to share, we’ve got the perfect role for you and there is training available on the day. We’re calling on local people to get stuck in, cheer as loud as they can and help motivate our inspirational participants all the way to the finish line.” 

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. 

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. 

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £20 million last year in the North West on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research - helping more men, women and children survive the disease. 

Cancer Research UK staff will brief, guide and support volunteers in the lead up to and on the day of the event. Everyone who signs up to help at the event will receive a special t-shirt to wear on the day.


To enter the Race for Life visit or call 0300 123 0770.

Altrincham Word Fest 2019 - 11th to the 26th May

Altrincham Word Fest 2019 will take place from the 11th to the 26th May with events and workshops taking place in various venues in the town centre. Some great local talent will be featuring this year.

Altrincham’s own David Nolan will be discussing his life as a professional writer. Most of his career has been spent writing about popular culture but he has just written his first work of fiction, 'Black Moss', a gripping crime thriller. David will be discussing his work with David Prior of Altrincham Today. 

Nicholas Royle grew up near The Garrick and is now a successful writer and lecturer. He’s also an editor at Salt Publishing which champions new writers and is the publisher of independent Nightjar Press. He’s a very useful man for budding writers to know and he will be giving advice on how to get your work published.

Local resident, Jonathan Swinton, will be discussing his new book ‘Alan Turing’s Manchester’. It describes the post- war Manchester that Turing encountered when he arrived here in 1948 and his links to the Hale and Bowdon area.

Clare Stuart is well known in Altrincham as the organiser of Denzell Gardens Book Festival and as a teacher in local schools. She will be bringing her popular creative writing workshop ‘Pen to Paper’ to Word Fest.


Other author events are Manchester themed. Cath Staincliffe, creator of ITV's Blue Murder and the writer of the Scott and Bailey books will be talking about her writing life. Cath's Sal Kilkenny series of novels describe the adventures of Sal, Manchester single mother and intrepid private detective and have won many crime fiction awards. Her standalone titles explore the lives of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events and involve contemporary themes many of which have impacted her own life including adoption and parenting a transgender child. 

Dave Haslam DJ, journalist and author will be at Altrincham Word Fest, talking about his memoir ‘Sonic Youth Slept on my Floor: Music, Manchester and More’. Expect amazing stories about Dave’s years at the Hacienda mixing with Tony Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Terry Hall, Neneh Cherry, Tracey Thorn, John Peel and many more!

Our mission is to inspire everyone to write so we have a range of great workshops designed to do just that. David Gaffney will be delivering his popular Flash Fiction workshop and Kate Feld will be back by popular demand, this time with a workshop on writing inspired by Memory and Place. We have workshops in poetry writing for young people with poet Shirley May. An audience with successful women’s lifestyle blogger Susan Earlam should inspire anyone keen to start blogging.

The spoken word will be a strong theme this year with opportunities for poets of all levels of experience to perform at our Poetry Open Mic night. ‘That’s What She Said’, the award-winning spoken word night for women and non-binary writers, will be relocating from Manchester city centre to Altrincham for one night only to become part of the festival. ‘Rant!’ gives young people between the ages of 11 and 18 the opportunity to write and perform a short piece about something that makes them irate!  Comedy fans should watch for our interactive improvised comedy stand-up night – a collaboration with local theatre company ‘WhatstheSketch’. Audience participation is encouraged but not compulsory! There will also be a collaborative performance from poet Tom Jenks and visual artist Kevin Linnane.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite here

Further details and updates can be found on the Altrincham Word Fest website and our Facebook page .


Altrincham Word Fest 2019 is supported by Altrincham Unlimited


PEOPLE in Cheshire are being encouraged to get January off to a great start by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

As an added incentive, there’s 30% off entry fees* during January with the code RFL30.

This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – women, men and children - to join the Race for Life. There are events for people of all ages and abilities taking place at Tatton Park, Stockport, Warrington, Chester and Cholmondeley Castle

Laura Cass, Cancer Research UK’s Cheshire Event Manager, said: “Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients in Cheshire access to the latest treatments.

“You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else. All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

She continued: “The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Cheshire with people across the North West and the whole of the UK.

“Taking part in our Race for Life events enables like-minded people to get together and remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those who have survived. At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with cancer, right now.

She added: “Our Race for Life events have been women-only since they started, over 25 years ago. But we now feel the time is right to open them up so that everyone - women, men and children – has the chance to participate together.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime. Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend.

“To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.”

Laura continued: “This January, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life. It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”

Thanks to everyone who raises money, Cancer Research UK is able to fund research to fight 200 types of cancer. The good news is more people are surviving the disease than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

To enter Race for Life today visit or call 0300 123 0770.

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