NORTH EAST food-to-go specialist, On A Roll, is celebrating massive fundraising success after completing this year’s Race for Life in Middlesbrough.

A group of 7 ladies from On a Roll Sandwich company, based in Middlesbrough, swapped bread rolls for running shoes and raised an incredible £1,357 at the Cancer Research UK’s 5k event.

Paula Hines, HR Administrator at On a Roll and a Race for life team member said: “We had such a good time at this year’s event, everyone involved did absolutely brilliantly and we’re over the moon with the amount we managed to raise. Due to the broad age range and varied fitness levels within the team, we completed the race with a mixture of walkers and runners, and we’re incredibly proud of the two girls who managed to finish in under 30 minutes.

What’s so great about the Race for Life is that everyone supports one another throughout. If you’re struggling there’s always someone there to clap and cheer you on, giving you the motivation and much needed boost to keep going”.

Members of staff from across the company teamed up to take part in the race, running in memory of a beloved team member, who sadly lost her life to breast cancer in 2016.

Paula added: “We miss her dearly, and I know she would have been really proud of what we’ve achieved and how much we’ve raised. We’ve all agreed that we’re going to sign up again next year and make it an annual event held in her memory. We’re already thinking of ways to encourage more people from across the factory to get involved, in order to smash this year’s fundraising total.”

Over the past 20 years, more than 8 million women have taken part in the Race for Life, raising over £547 million across the UK. Much of that has been invested in fund life saving research in the North East, where 314 of every 100,000 die people of cancer each year according to figures from Cancer Research UK.

Paula added: “ Whether it’s friends, family members, work colleagues or neighbours, everyone’s been affected by cancer in some way or another, and it’s that which gives the event a real sense of unity. The race is the perfect way to remember a lost loved one, or celebrate a battle won and for that reason it is an event which I hope remains as popular for a long time to come.