Youth footballers take on hike for women’s cancer charity

Beth Gillan organised the Cap to Coast Challenge after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year

IT’S all ‘GO’ in Lyme Regis this weekend, as a youth football team take on a huge challenge in aid of the women’s cancer charity GO Girls!

Lyme Regis Football Club’s Youth Section will be taking on the Cap to Coast Challenge, hiking to the top of Golden Cap – the highest peak on the south coast – before a further uphill struggle back from Charmouth to Lyme Regis.

Fifteen young footballers will be taking part in the event, to be held on Sunday, July 15, setting off at 8am.

Charmouth resident Beth Gillan, who has organised the event for GO Girls!, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year.  After major surgery, she has made a good recovery, but recognises that there is much to do to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

Hilary Maxwell, chairman of GO Girls!, commented: “Survival has not improved in ovarian cancer for 20 years now. Women must ensure they are aware of what is normal and what is not and GPs need to ensure they refer early if they suspect ovarian cancer: we cannot allow the present situation to continue – women deserve much better.

“We have made great progress in breast cancer survival.  We can do the same with ovarian cancer, but we need all women to work together to make progress.”

Beth’s husband Steve, who supports the GO Girls! charity, added: “It came as a total shock when Beth was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  Us guys are just as important in helping raise awareness, we have mums, wives, girlfriends, daughters – I wouldn’t want  anyone to go through what Beth and my family have.”

Following their hiking challenge, the young footballers will be heading to Lyme Regis Football Club on Sunday for an afternoon of fundraising activities from 12noon. But there will be no time to rest, as they’ll be taking on Seaton girls football squad in their own Cap to Coast World Cup play-off.

There’s also no need to miss the actual World Cup final, which will be shown on the football club’s two big screen televisions, kicking off at 4pm.

Other attractions will include a raffle with luxury hamper and fantastic prizes donated by many local businesses, plus a barbecue, face painting, a Pimm’s tent and full bar.

For more information about GO Girls!, which is currently making its final push for £50,000 to fund a Consulting Suite as part of Dorset County Hospital’s Cancer Appeal, visit the website www.gogirlssupport.org

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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