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Swad ladies have kick-started fund-raising efforts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

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A WOMAN from Swadlincote has recruited women and children from a karate class that she teaches to take part in the Derby event.

Carol Fowkes’ dad Michael Smalley, now 72, was diagnosed with mouth cancer 15 years ago and was given the all-clear around five years ago.

The work carried out by Cancer Research UK has benefitted her dad over the past 15 years.

Carol, 41, said: “Dad has been given the all-clear now. He had mouth cancer 15 years ago and had his voice box removed and now has a hole in his throat.

“Eighteen months after that he found a lump in his shoulder – the cancer was travelling up to his brain. He had to have a biopsy then had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and had a few health problems.”

Carol and her karate students are doing the 5k race at Darley Park on July 13. There will be 16 of them altogether, including 13 adults and three children, with ages ranging from seven to 56.

Carol said: “This will be my third race personally as I run for my dad who is still very much alive thanks to the work of Cancer Research UK.

“Our group is called ‘Karate Divas’ and so far we have managed to raise nearly £800 and that’s before our last three recruits joined us this week.”

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