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Sophie’s leap of faith for cancer cause
11:20am Saturday 20th October 2012 in News
A DAREDEVIL woman from Worcestershire took the plunge to raise money in memory of loved ones.
Sophie Langman, who works for Cancer Research UK, scaled all 90ft of the charity’s headquarters in north London along with 50 fellow staff members in a bid to raise £20,000 for the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.
The national fund-raising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, culminated in a night of live television on Friday.
Miss Langman, aged 27, who used to live in the Lenches, near Evesham, and is a former pupil of Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham, lost her uncle, aunt and grandparents to cancer.
She said: “I know so many people who have been touched by cancer. Through my work I have seen the vital role research plays in saving lives. Sadly, as I’ve experienced first-hand, not everyone survives.
“That’s why I want to do all I can to get everyone in Evesham to Stand Up To Cancer right now. We need to fight back against this disease by raising money so that brilliant research can be translated into treatments for patients faster.”
For more details. visit standuptocancer.org.uk or to donate at justgiving.
The Stand Up to Cancer campaign is being backed by survivor Diane Hurdiss, aged 41, from St Peter’s, Worcester, who owes her life is to breakthroughs in treatment. She said: “It was horrific to have to tell my children Natasha and Tom that I had cancer. My mum died after an operation to remove bowel cancer, and my grandmother died of breast cancer, so it was a frightening thing for them.
“It was also particularly hard on my husband, Nigel, who had to look after me while also continuing to run our business. But, thanks to research, I am still here.”