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  1. Tom Savvides

Women get ready for Race for Life challenge

She has run several half marathons and now a mother-of-two from Kent, who has just had surgery for breast cancer, is rallying other women to join her in the fight against the disease. Trudi Westhrop is encouraging women to take part in Race for Life, including the one happening in Maidstone on 11/12th July. Tom Savvides talks to Trudi and to Lynn Daly from Cancer Research UK.

Thousands support Cancer Research UK

Southampton's town crier led the city's annual battle against cancer on The Common. John Melody helped start the annual Race for Life, sending off more than 6,000 walkers, joggers and runners who were taking part.

John, 71, who became the city's town crier in 2004 after winning a competition organised by Meridian TV, revealed earlier this year he is battling oesophageal cancer. After several months of intensive chemotherapy and losing three stone, he finished treatment and has regular check-ups.


  1. Andrew Pate

Town crier backs 'Race for Life' after cancer diagnosis

A town crier who won ITV Meridian's "Crier Idol" after we launched a competition in the region a few years ago, is fighting a new battle.

John Melody from Southampton has been diagnosed with cancer. He is supporting this year's 'Race for Life' as a way of thanking the doctors who have been helping him with his condition. Andrew Pate reports.