Joanne’s on her mark to tackle Race for Life

A KIND-HEARTED fundraiser is running the Race for Life to help in the battle against cancer.

Joanne Vissian, 38, of South Grove, Wymington, will be lacing up and joining hundreds of runners for the 5k jaunt at Russell Park, Bedford, on July 1.

It is the first time Ms Vissian, who has taken part in countless other charity events, including swimathons for Marie Curie, has taken on the challenge of Race for Life, which raises funds for Cancer Research UK.

Ms Vissian, who works as a cleaner at the Asda supermarket in Rushden was inspired to take on the challenge after a colleague at the store had breast cancer and made a recovery.

She said: “I’m doing Race for Life to help beat cancer. There are people who get cancer every two minutes and we are trying to beat it.

“I’m hoping to raise as much money as possible, especially for the nurses who care for people.

“I was hoping to raise £200 but I’ve nearly raised £300 already.

“The training has been going alright.

“I’ve been going to the gym and sometimes walk or bike to work. I do Zumba to keep me going.

“I’ll be power walking and doing a bit of jogging.”

A Cancer Research UK spokesman said: “It’s all of you versus cancer.

“Ladies, join the biggest fight against cancer and walk, jog or run to help more people survive – enter your local 5k or 10k Race for Life event today.

“We can’t beat cancer without you.”

A Race for Life event is also taking place in Abington Park, Northampton, on Sunday, June 17 and women are invited to walk, jog or run the course.

More than 5,500 women took part in the Northampton race last year in its first year in the town centre.

Since Race for Life started in 1994, six million participants have raised more than £457m to fund the vital work of more than 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses dedicated to helping more people beat cancer.

For more information and to sign up to take part in either a 10k or 5k Race for Life challenge visit the charity’s website at

Joanne can be sponsored by calling in to the Rushden branch of Asda.