WALKERS went the extra mile or eight to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care.
More than 300 people took part in the Miles for Macmillan fund-raising walk at Herrington Country Park, covering a three-mile or eight-mile course.
One in three people will develop cancer at some stage in the lifetime. Macmillan provides practical help with all aspects of coping with the disease, from specialist nurses and counsellors to advice on claiming benefits and grants to help with the additional financial burden of falling ill.
But as event organiser Robyn Mountain Wade explained, without the support of volunteer fund-raisers such as those taking part in yesterday’s walk, the charity would not be able to carry out its work.
“Events of this sort are essential,” she said. “We have more than 350 people taking part today.
“We rely entirely on the kindness of members of the public and to see so many people giving up their time to support an event like this is absolutely fantastic.
“It’s too early to say exactly how much we expect to raise but it will be in the thousands.”
Among those taking part were Michelle Dunn, dad Ian Crann, brother-in-law David Nobrega and daughter Amelia, two.
The family, from Southwick, were raising money to show their gratitude for the support Macmillan gave Michelle’s mum Susan when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“It will be three years ago this month,” said Susan. “Macmillan are absolutely fantastic. They supported me than and they are still supporting me now – they are still there on the end of the phone whenever I need them.
“I wouldn’t have done it without them. They were there not just for me but for my whole family.”
To find out more about the cancer support services Macmillan offers, call 0808 808 00 00 between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday or visit macmillan.org.uk.