A Barnstaple mum who has beaten cervical cancer is urging people to get behind her in a 12-hour charity challenge.
Kelly Mackie discovered she had stage 1b cervical cancer after going for a smear test in May.
The 32-year-old said it came as a complete shock when she received the diagnosis, and is urging all women not to avoid going for the routine test.
In August Kelly underwent surgery to remove the cancerous cells and has now had the all clear, but had it not been for the smear test, she might not have known about the cancer until the chances were much slimmer.
“Looking back, there were some things that perhaps aren’t right, but I would never have even thought it was cancer,” she said.
“The thing with cervical cancer is that a lot of the symptoms don’t occur until it’s at a later stage.
“I definitely count myself as one of the lucky ones; there are people out there who are going through absolute hell with cancer.
“I know a lot of women are scared of having a smear test done, or just put it off, but it’s honestly five minutes of discomfort for something which could save your life.”
To help raise awareness, Kelly has teamed up with Reform Fitness in Barnstaple and is challenging teams to take part in a 12-hour Prowler Push on Saturday, November 3.
The contest will see teams of up to 10 people take on 20-minute slots to keep the sled moving.
There will be mini contests for the most laps and heaviest weights pushed, as well as for the most money raised.
All proceeds from the event will be split between local charities ChemoHero and Everything Ellie.
On the day there will also be massage, food and drink, as well as a raffle with loads of prizes donated from local businesses.
Steve Sanger, owner at Reform Fitness, said: “You don’t have to be fit or strong to take part, and you can push with as much or as little weight as you like.
“As Kelly is a long-standing member of the Reform community it was a shock to hear of her cancer diagnosis, but we’re proud to be supporting her and hosting this challenge for two fantastic local charities.”
The push will take place at Reform Fitness in Roundswell. Sign up a team here.