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ID:	58290 A determined team of fundraisers from a local vet practice have got down and dirty to raise more than 1,000 for charity.

Some 17 team members from Linnaeus-owned St Clair Veterinary Group, which has practices in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Leven, have taken part in the Fife 5K Pretty Muddy Challenge to raise 1,095 for Cancer Research UK.

Team leader Pauline Smith was delighted with the generous response from families, friends and colleagues, and revealed she had extra special motivation to complete the charity challenge.

Pauline, whose six-year-old daughter and husband also took part in the challenge, explained: “Two years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I want to help try to find a cure so no-one else has to go through what I did.

“I was one of the lucky ones who was detected early and was able to undergo chemotherapy and surgery to remove my cancer.

“That’s why I took part in the Race for Life Pretty Muddy event to raise money and save lives, because every pound really can help make a difference.

“Sadly, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime but, encouragingly, cancer survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years, so consistent progress is being made.

“Improvements to technology and ground-breaking work are now offering new opportunities to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and improve survival rates even further.”

Pauline’s sister Louise Allan also accompanied the St Clair team in the fundraising mission. She said: “I did the run for Cancer Research UK in memory of my brave mum.

“I actually hate running and I hate mud, but cancer has hit our family once too often so it was time to take action.

“The women in my family are tough and real fighters so it was only right I fought through things I hate to raise funds for Cancer Research UKs groundbreaking work.”

The caring St Clair team is a close-knit group which normally focuses on providing the highest quality care for people’s pets.

St Clair is a British Small Animal Veterinary Association approved practice and an approved training centre, certified by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

For more information, visit www.stclairvet.co.uk or search for St Clair Veterinary Group on social media.

There is still time to donate to the St Clair team’s fundraising total. Visit https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/team-st-clair?fs=e&s=cl.

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The determined team from St Clair celebrate raising more than 1,300 after completing the Fife 5K Pretty Muddy Challenge in support of Cancer Research UK.