Sarah Wear and Darren Leaf hope to bring home the bacon with a pub pig race on August 10.

The couple organised the event at the Mitre pub in Shipton Road, York at 7pm to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research as a tribute to Sarah’s stepdad and Darren’s dad who both died of the disease.

The pigs are battery-operated and race on a board – it’s just a bit of fun

said Sarah, 37, from York.

Eight pigs will take part in eight races whilst punters place bets and cheer them on. A barbecue supper is included in the £10 ticket price. There will also be a raffle.

Sarah’s stepdad Ernie Pace died in 2018, aged 79, just five days after being told he had small bowel cancer. Darren’s dad George died in 2016, aged 73, 18 months after diagnosis.

Sarah said,

My mum, Carol Pace, has been fundraising in Ernie’s memory so we thought we’d do our bit for a charity which means a lot to all of us

She is also organising a tombola and cake sale at work on August 30.

Anyone who wants to take part in the pig race can just turn up, or book tickets by emailing [email protected] or calling 07933 938 245 or from the Mitre.

Chief Executive Deborah Gilbert thanked Sarah and Darren for their support.

“Bowel cancer is a terrible disease. It’s our mission to ensure that no one should die from it in future and we are grateful to our fundraisers who make it possible for us to fund vital research in that direction.”