A MOTHER-of-five is taking part in next month’s Race for Life after a long battle with cancer.

Lucy Coombes, aged 51, had a breast removed and underwent several months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat the cancer and is now on the road to recovery.

And next Sunday (May 13), she will run 5k at Weston with her youngest daughter Georgina, 14, to support Cancer Research UK.

She said: “I’m feeling a lot better and we’ve started training. I decided since I survived chemotherapy I had to do something to give something back.

“My mum, dad, brother, aunties and uncles all died of cancer so, needless to say, it’s a charity close to my heart.”

Lucy was diagnosed with second stage cancer in her milk ducts last May.

She had a mastectomy last November and is set to have reconstructive surgery this November.

She said: “My hair has now grown back – and it’s come back curly, even though it wasn’t before. It’s nice to have hair again.

“I’m also looking forward to having the surgery as I will be able to feel whole again.”

Her husband Trevor, an NHS Direct delivery driver in Bridgwater, has helped her to fill her sponsorship forms by asking people to sponsor her at work.