FUNDRAISERS have raised more than £20,000 for life-saving research during the first week of Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Step Out for Yorkshire campaign.

More than 500 people have so far signed up to walk, cycle or run 100 miles in May to help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer in Yorkshire.

The charity, which recently opened a shop in Craven Court, Skipton, stages an annual Step Out for Yorkshire campaign which aims to raise awareness of the link between exercise and cancer by inviting people to get active and enjoy the outdoors while raising vital funds to help save lives in the region.

Every year, 30,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire. By encouraging more people to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight, 2,200 of these cases could be prevented, says the charity.

Dr Kathryn Scott, the charity's chief executive, said: “The charity is blown away by the support and funds raised so far and thankful to everyone who is taking part in the campaign this year.

“These funds are crucial to support researchers and cancer experts who pioneer early diagnosis and discover new and better treatments to help more people survive cancer.

To sign up, donate and track your progress on a live leaderboard, head to Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Step Out for Yorkshire campaign page at: