A COMMUNITY fun and run day has raised £4,000 for a breast cancer charity.

Jog on Cancer took place for the second year at Horsforth Hall Park in aid of Breast Cancer Haven.

On the event’s justgiving page organiser Louise Wright said the charity offered vital emotional, physical and practical help to anyone affected by the disease.

“The work they do is amazing and offers respite in so many ways from the harsh treatment that comes with cancer,” she said.

Breast Cancer Haven’s fundraising manager Matt Jameson, said: “It’s incredible the amount of support we get from individuals like Louise, and we can’t thank her enough for raising such an amazing amount of money. Throughout all of October many other supporters will be raising money for Breast Cancer Haven in Yorkshire and making a massive difference during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone who has been affected by breast cancer knows how important it is to get the right support and we are here to provide that right from diagnosis. But we couldn’t do it without the generosity and support of people like Louise.”

A charity spokeswoman said: “Breast cancer is the UK’s most common cancer, annually 590 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in Yorkshire. Each breast cancer diagnosis is traumatic and can take a huge toll on the individual whether it is physical, mental or financial or a combination of all three. Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity, with a centre in Leeds city centre, which provides a tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support to mitigate the symptoms of breast cancer and alleviate the side effects of treatment.

“Breast Cancer Haven will be hosting a range of events during October to increase awareness and raise funds to ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone. There is something for everyone to get involved in, from sky dives to awareness stands, to bucket collections to the charity’s annual birthday fundraising party. The charity is aiming to create enough awareness and funds to ensure that everyone diagnosed with breast cancer in Yorkshire has the support they need."

To get involved in breast cancer awareness month with Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire email YorkshireTeam@breastcancerhaven.org.uk or call 01132847810.

There are five Breast Cancer Haven centres in the UK, in Leeds, London, Hereford, Titchfield and Solihull. Outreach services are available in the Whittington Hospital in London and the Royal Worcestershire Hospital. It costs around £1000 to provide the Breast Cancer Haven programme for each service user.