1st March 2021, 12:57 | york

York City Knights Ladies supporting Cancer Research UK

York City Knights Ladies supporting Cancer Research UK

Despite being out of action for 18 months, York City Knights Ladies are still very much together as a group having undertaken a challenge for charity.

The team have committed to each running 56 miles throughout February, averaging two miles per day, in support of Cancer Research UK for whom they have already raised over £1300. 

Assistant Coach Kay Rollinson – who is also the Assistant Coach of the Scotland Women’s side – discussed why and how the club have gone about their fundraising campaign. 

Rollinson said: “We know how women and young girls shy away from having their smear tests and all you’ve got to do is look at the Jade Goody situation to see that it is a real silent killer. 

“We just thought that everybody, even if they haven’t already been affected by someone in their family or friends having cancer, it’s likely that they will have going forward. 

“There’s a very close friend of our team who is going through some cancer treatment and we, as a group, thought we had to do something really.

“One of the girls came up with doing 56 miles each in February and there’s eighteen players then Daryl North and myself who are doing this.” 

York City Knights have been well supported throughout the campaign and have surpassed each of their targets thus far.

Rollinson commented: “We’ve had some great support for the challenge. We initially had a £500 target and we hit that, so we put it up to £750 and we hit that, and then we’ve set it at £1000 and we’ve hit that.

“That’s just online donations, there’s still some cash donations to come in which will go towards our final target.” 

Despite not being able to train as a group for over a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rollinson discussed how the team have got behind this collective goal and how they have maintained their close bond throughout. 

“The girls have totally embraced it; they’ve been absolutely fantastic. We had a week of snow and the girls were still out running,” she explained. 

Rollinson added: “People who started going out to do just two miles a day are now smashing out four, five or six miles a day. Our captain, Katie Langan, she’s completed it and done the 56. She’s an absolute machine – she just goes out now and just does a 10k run.

“We’ve got to give a big shout out to Georgia Taylor as well. Since lockdown began last Spring, she’s been absolutely massive for our team. She’s done two group Zoom calls for us each week and has been great for keeping us all close and together.” 

To date, York City Knights have covered over 1000 miles and broken each of their fundraising targets, but you can still donate to their ongoing efforts in support of Cancer Research UK here.