Celebrity Charity: Hollyoaks’ Chelsee Healey and Jennifer Metcalfe lead the way as they complete Race for Life

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Celebrity Charity: Hollyoaks’ Chelsee Healey and Jennifer Metcalfe lead the way as they complete Race for Life

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Celebrity Charity: Chelsee Healey and Jennifer Metcalfe lead the way as they complete Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK

By Sara-aisha Kent For Mailonline

Published: 08:08 EDT, 14 April 2019 | Updated: 09:04 EDT, 15 April 2019

The soap opened up a competition for fans to take part in the special charity fun run that began on the set of the Channel 4 show.

And Hollyoaks’ own Chelsee Healey and Jennifer Mercalfe led the way as they pounded the pavement to raise funds for Cancer Research UK on Saturday. 

The soap star’s were joined by a host of their cast members and competition winners as they took part in jogging around a special course through Hollyoaks village and the neighbouring parks close to Lime Pictures studios in Liverpool. 

Jog on! Hollyoaks’ own Chelsee Healey and Jennifer Mercalfe led the way as they pounded the pavement to raise funds for Cancer Research UK on Saturday

Getting into the spirit of the things Chelsee, who plays Goldie McQueen on the series, and Jennifer, who portrays Mercedes McQueen, sported pink t-shirts emblazoned with ‘Race for Life’ alongside the rest of the runners. 

Some of the other current and former cast members who took part included Adam Woodward , Annie Wallace and David Tag, Lauren McQueen, Ruby O’Donnell and Richard Linnell.  

The evening soap, based in the fictional town of Hollyoaks, launched a partnership with Race for Life in March and opened up a competition for fans to take part alongside the stars of show – which received over 2,000 entries.   

The charity and long-running soap hope that by working together they can encourage men, women and children of all abilities to take part in one of many of the running events that happen all over the UK.   

Ready for action:  The soap star’s were joined by a host of their cast members and competition winners as they took part in jogging around a special course through Hollyoaks village and the neighbouring parks close to Lime Pictures studios in Liverpool

Fund-raising: The beauty’s posed for snaps before they started to work up a sweat 

In the zone: Chelsee looked in a world of her own as she prepared to get going 

Poser! The Celebs Go Dating star posed for photos with other runners

According to the Metro, prior to the Race For Life event, Jennifer said: ‘I’m really proud to be part of Hollyoaks’ partnership with Race for Life this year. So many people are affected by cancer in some way. 

 ‘That’s why it’s brilliant Hollyoaks can inspire families, just like the McQueens, to join the Race for Life and help beat cancer.’

Malique Thompson-Dwyer who recently returned to the show added: ‘I’m really excited to be returning to Hollyoaks just in time to get involved with Race for Life. Prince’s cancer storyline really brought home to me the impact the disease can have on people’s lives. 

 Time for a selfie: Some of the other current and former cast members who took part included Adam Woodward , Annie Wallace , David Tag, Lauren McQueen, Ruby O’Donnell and Richard Linnell

Partnership: The evening soap, based in the fictional town of Hollyoaks, launched a partnership with Race for Life in March

Special event: A competition was opened up for fans to take part alongside the stars of show – which received over 2,000 entries

‘That’s why it’s so great men can take part this year and I hope we can help get as many people down to a Race for Life event this summer to join together and help beat cancer.’ 

Hollyoaks has incorporated many story lines linked to cancer over the years. 

Most recently the character of Prince McQueen, played by I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’s Malique, was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

 In 2013 the character Tony Hutchinson was involved in a story penned around him suffering from the same diagnosis.

The soap also told the story of Sienna Blake, played by Anna Passey, being diagnosed with cervical cancer during her pregnancy with twins to then being given the all-clear following treatment  

 As well as bringing to the screen  the heartbreaking story line of Kassius Nelson’s character of Jade Albright losing her battle with the disease.

Join your local event at raceforlife.org and make a difference in beating cancer 

All-together: The charity and long-running soap hope that by working together they can encourage men, women and children of all abilities to take part in one of many of the running events that happen all over the UK

Warming-up: The cast stretched ahead of their run to ensure they were ready 

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