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Weymouth taxi worker raises cancer charity cash

By Joanna Davis , Dorset Echo

1826 days ago   Article ID# 1517475
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DORSET, U K (Dorset Echo) - A taxi firm worker has organised a fun day to boost a fund that will raise cash in memory of her dad.

Donna Chapman has talked some Fleetline drivers into dressing in pink and shaving their hair to help her raise £500 when she runs the Race for Life.

The Weymouth mum-of-five is running the Dorchester race on Sunday, May 20 in memory of her dad Manuel Pereira, pictured inset, who died of cancer 15 months ago.

She wanted to take part in the fun run at Kingston Maurward College last year but had just given birth.

Radio operative Donna, 34, said: “This will be the first time I’ve ever run the Race for Life.

“It took five months from when my dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer to when he died.

“He was told it was terminal and to do anything he wanted before Christmas 2010.

“It was a very hard time for us all. My husband and I brought our wedding forward so my dad could be there.

“He was kind, funny and always there, we all loved our dad so much and miss him loads.”

The Fun Day will take place from 3pm today outside the Fleetline office in Westham Road, Weymouth, and will continue into the evening.

Donna will be selling cakes to pull in the pounds for her Race for Life fund.

She said: “The drivers are going to wear something pink on the day.

“They will be getting waxed by staff from Shh! Hair and Beauty and cakes will be supplied by Belle’s Cake Shop.

“One driver is having his hair dyed pink and another driver is having his hair and beard shaved off.

“They’re also going to be donating their tips to Cancer Research.”

Donna has set herself a target of raising £500 for Cancer Research UK.

“I will be supported by my family on the day and my eldest daughter will be running the race for Life with me.

To sponsor Donna go to raceforlifesponsorme.org/ donnachapman.

n Are you running the Race for Life on Sunday, May 20 at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester and would you like to share your reasons for doing so?

If so, call the Echo newsdesk on 01305 830999 or email newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk

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Updated 1826 days ago   Article ID# 1517475

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