A Barry woman will be one of the voices of Cancer Research's Race for Life events.

Natalia Davies, a cancer survivor, has been selected to share her story of battling leukaemia as part of a pre-recorded montage to be played at these nationwide events.

Ms Davies' powerful thank you message to supporters will echo across Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland prior to participants embarking on their routes.

Her story of battling leukaemia is one of four cancer narratives to be presented on event days, capturing the spirit behind Race for Life and showcasing individuals' motivations for participation.

Ms Davies, a singer and drama teacher, has recently celebrated being discharged as a cancer patient after 22 years.

She is urging individuals to visit raceforlife.org and sign up, raising funds for life-saving research and diagnostics.

The 29-year-old said: "I hope my story will connect with people in the moments before they set off on the Race for Life course.

"If it wasn’t for research, medication and support – I can without a doubt say I wouldn’t be here today.

"I am now 22 years cancer-free and am celebrating life after being discharged from hospital. Mow my treatment is finally over, I'm determined to make every moment count - including starting a new teaching job in South Korea.

"I’m so grateful for the treatment that saved my life, which is why I’m doing everything I can to raise awareness of the power of research."

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in Wales, said: "We are incredibly grateful to Natalia for her support and know her story will make an impact on everyone who hears it.

"No matter how cancer affects us, life is worth racing for.

"We’re proud that Race for Life has already helped double survival rates in the UK."

To date, the initiative has raised funds allowing the development of effective treatments such as radiotherapy, which now benefits more than 130,000 individuals with cancer in the UK annually. It is the 30th year that Race for Life has taken place.