Helen helps get charity cash in

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 August 2014

Helen Jenkins.

Helen Jenkins.

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FOUR days after a chemotherapy session and just weeks after having an operation for breast cancer Helen Jenkins was battling the stormy weather on Weston's seafront for a charity race.

Helen, aged 44, from West Wick, took part in Race for Life with family and friends for the first time and ‘Team Helen’ raised more than £3,626 to help beat cancer.

Helen, who was diagnosed in February, is encouraging the 1,428 women who entered the event on the seafront to make one last dash for cash.

Last year, just under half the women who took part in the run did not return any sponsorship money, which makes the different to cancer research.

Helen, who works at Langford Veterinary Services, was diagnosed after she felt a lump and asked her boyfriend to feel it too.

She said: “I knew I should get it checked out right away, but I had only just moved to Somerset from Cornwall and hadn’t registered with a GP at this point, but things moved swiftly once I made an appointment.”

Helen is taking part in a clinical trial at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

The aim of the trial is to see if new ways of giving radiotherapy help to stop cancer coming back in the breast and if it can reduce the risk of long-term side effects.

Helen added: “It came as a blow when I was diagnosed with cancer.

“But I looked the consultant in the eye and asked him what needed to be done. Everyone has been so supportive and I would like to thank my family, friends and my employers for all their support and kindness.”

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 6411111.

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