£2,000 raised by men at women only Race for Life

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A GROUP of men raised £2,000 for Cancer Research UK when they took part in a Race for Life event on Sunday.

Andrew Smith, of Maplewood Drive, Grantham, was joined by his nephew Ashley Moulds, brother-in-law David Moulds and friend Brian Coyle for the women-only event in Nottingham.

Race for Life Pics.

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Andrew said: “It went really well. So far we’ve raised £2,000 but there are still people coming up to me in the street giving me money.”

They decided to take part in the event, disguised as women, in honour of Andrew’s sister Gill Moulds, of Gloucester Road, Grantham, who is fighting the cancer. Gill had an operation cancelled three times before Andrew gate-crashed an event in Boston to speak to Health Minister Andrew Lansley. He demanded better treatment for cancer patients like his sister.

Following the meeting, Andrew received an apology from chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Peter Homa, who he challenged to take part in the event with the group.

Andrew said: “Peter Homa turned up. He was true to his word. He did a 180 mile round trip just to race with us. He went with us all the way round and Gill did a little bit, it was great.”

Since discussing the cancelled operations with Dr Homa, Andrew said the hospitals have worked hard to solve the issues.

He said: “They have put everything in place so that this will never happen again. Gill is now doing remarkably well, but there is still a long way to go.”

Andrew, who entered the race as Andrea, is also campaigning for men to be allowed to take part in the Race for Life.

He said they merged with the 4,000 female fund-raisers at the beginning but people soon started to whisper.

Andrew is already looking into the next challenge and needs sponsors.

He is hoping to do a relay cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. To help him or to sponsor the Race for Life e-mail andrewmsmith@btinternet.com