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Cumbrian woman's tribute to dad added to dress worn by TV celeb Alex Jones

A woman has added a personal message for her dad, who died five years ago, to a custom-made dress which is being modelled by a celebrity to raise awareness of cancer.

Alison Sharpe photo
Alison Sharpe

Alison Sharpe, of Workington, along with 199 other people affected by cancer, have designed the cocktail dress which The One Show’s Alex Jones models to bump up numbers for Race for Life.

Ms Sharpe’s dad, Les Rudd, died five years ago from bladder cancer and she has written a message, which calls him her hero.

The message, along with a picture of her dad, will be on the back of her vest when she takes part in the race next month.

Ms Sharpe’s message, along with others from cancer survivors, family and friends of people touched by the disease, make up the TV host’s dress.

“Cancer has affected me and my family,” said Ms Sharpe, of High Harrington.

“I think it is very moving that Alex Jones is wearing my back sign.

“I am really proud that my story can contribute to raising awareness of the work that Cancer Research UK does.”

The 44-year-old is taking part in this year’s Race for Life in Carlisle on Sunday, July 15 with around 20 colleagues from Workington’s Tesco store where she works.

She has organised a 46-seat bus which will take them, along with family and friends to the event, which sees women walk, jog or run the 5k route.

Alex Jones is modelling the dress as part of a drive to get women to sign up to their nearest event.

She said: “Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life gives all women, regardless of age and fitness level, the opportunity to get together, have fun and make a real difference in the fight against cancer.

“That is why I’m so proud to be getting involved with Race for Life this year by modelling a dress made out of the iconic Race for Life personal message back signs that are worn by women at each event.”

Ms Sharpe is Tesco’s community champion who plays a vital role in fundraising for Cancer Research UK.

To enter Cancer Research’s Race for Life, which is being ran in partnership with Tesco, visit or call 0871 641 1111.


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