Jackie runs race for dad

Race for Life 2013 - Nowton Park
Race for Life 2013 - Nowton Park
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A woman who attended her father’s funeral days before taking part in Race For Life is keen to raise awareness of the cancer that killed him.

Jackie Ray, joint owner of The Pine House Company in Stowlangtoft, originally signed up to last month’s event in Bury St Edmunds to support her ‘extremely brave’ sister-in-law, Julie Ray, who had previously fought breast cancer.

Jackie Ray ran in this year's Race For Life at Nowton Park, three days after going to her father's funeral. He died from an asbestos related cancer - Mesothelioma - having come into contact with sheets of asbestos while working as a driver for Clarkes of Walsham, a job he loved.   COPY PIC of her father.

Jackie Ray ran in this year's Race For Life at Nowton Park, three days after going to her father's funeral. He died from an asbestos related cancer - Mesothelioma - having come into contact with sheets of asbestos while working as a driver for Clarkes of Walsham, a job he loved. COPY PIC of her father.

But when Jackie’s father John Ray, 76, died from an asbestos-related cancer less than two weeks before, the event took on new meaning.

Jackie, 50, said: “I didn’t expect to be running for my dad but, unfortunately, the timing was such. Cancer’s just wicked.”

John – a kind father-of-five who ‘always cheered everybody up’ – was diagnosed with mesothelioma in September 2012.

As a driver for Clarkes of Walsham for 40 years, a job he loved, John delivered sheets of asbestos.

Jackie is now collecting money for Papworth Hospital’s Mesothelioma Support Group in honour of her father.

To find out more about mesothelioma, go to www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/mesothelioma/

For details on the Papworth Mesothelioma Support Group, go to www.mesopapworth.co.uk