Fundraising trio on a mission to help others

Saffron Curtis, right, and her friend Kate Rose are taking part in Race for Life 2014. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Saffron Curtis, right, and her friend Kate Rose are taking part in Race for Life 2014. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Monday, March 24, 2014
7:30 AM

Two mums from Roughton have dyed their hair pink, put on their trainers and braved the great outdoors in a bid to raise money for people affected by cancer.

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It comes following a recent breast-cancer scare which affected a loved one.

Now Saffron Curtis and Kate Taylor have signed up to take part in this year’s Race for Life to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.

Mrs Curtis, 30, of Chapel Road, and Miss Taylor, 28, of St Mary’s Close, have already shaved off most of their hair and dyed it bright pink to raise awareness.

But they are also undertaking the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event to combat other issues close to their heart, as Mrs Curtis, mum-of-three, explained.

“As well as doing Race for Life because family members - including my grandad - and close friends have passed away from different types of cancer and showed real bravery, I am doing it to fight back against low self esteem, anxiety and panic attacks. I also want to get fit and lose weight to show my support.

“Compared to people suffering with cancer, my problems are just a glitch that I need to push through.”

The former Sheringham High School student has suffered with depression since the age of 11 and anxiety since leaving school.

Miss Taylor, who has a son and recently got engaged, is also a former Sheringham High student and was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

She said: “We’ve already been asked lots of questions about our hair - especially on the school-run. We are now focusing on the race and training by doing lots of walking.

“My aunt passed away from cancer in August and it’s still all very fresh in my mind.”

The idea to take part in Race for Life was the brainchild of Mrs Curtis’s sister, Emily Ash.

The 28-year-old, from the Old Catton area of Norwich, was recently given the all-clear after she found a lump on her breast.

Mrs Curtis added: “Emily said she was going to do the race after her scare so we decided to support her and do it together.”

She has also promised to shave off the rest of her hair if another £100 was donated to her Just Giving page.

The trio will be running the race at Norwich Showground on May 17.

To sponsor the women visit their Just Giving pages online at www.justgiving.com/saffroncurtis, www.justgiving.com/tinkstaylor and www.justgiving.com/emilyash.

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