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Diane Boothby from Downham Market targets another year of ovarian cancer fundraising





Champion fundraiser Diane Boothby has teamed up with an eye-catching duo to further her efforts.

Craig Murrough and Sarah Jane Fritchley go by the names of Mr and Ms Ovary and dress up as the glands to raise awareness and funds for charity.

This year the pair are pushing Diane in a wheelchair at a number of events, and started with the London Winter 10k on Sunday, where she was joined by daughter Heather Wright.

Dianne and the team at the 10K run in London
Dianne and the team at the 10K run in London

Diane, of Downham, has raised a total of £6,000 for the charity Target Ovarian Cancer since her diagnosis.

She said: “Too many ladies and very young ladies especially are losing their lives due to being diagnosed too late.

“The youngest we know of with this horrible disease is just 13 years old and is still in treatment. It needs to be common knowledge that it can affect people of any age.

Dianne and the team at the 10K run in London
Dianne and the team at the 10K run in London

“The subject is very close to all our hearts, we really need change from the government to make ladies aware of the symptoms.”

Craig and Sarah Jane (Mr and Ms Ovary), from Royston, met Diane through campaigning events over the past few years.

Craig lost his sister to ovarian cancer just over six years ago and has been committed to publicising the signs and symptoms of the disease ever since. Sarah Jane has also been affected by cancer with the loss of her mum.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Downham’s parkrun on March 9 is encouraging donations from various cake stalls and other activities.

Dianne and the team at the 10K run in London
Dianne and the team at the 10K run in London

Additionally, Fendick’s Fishery of Whittington has chosen Target Ovarian Cancer as its charity of the month and is collecting donations.

Diane hopes for a great year ahead and has another meeting with South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss planned in the coming months.

The former Prime Minister has previously shown support when the pair met in 2023. Ms Truss agreed that more needs to be done to raise awareness and said she thought that the work Diane does is “fantastic”.

Reporting by Matthew Hill



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