Join Jim on his Sunderland Miles for Macmillan charity trek

Macmillan volunteer Jim Fox out walking in sunderland in preparation for the Miles for Macmillan walk on September 1 at Herrington Country Park.

Macmillan volunteer Jim Fox out walking in sunderland in preparation for the Miles for Macmillan walk on September 1 at Herrington Country Park.

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TIME is running out to sign up to a charity walk in aid of cancer care.

The Miles for Macmillan walk on Sunday, September 1, hopes to generate tens of thousands of pounds towards the charity.

Walkers are challenged to raise £150 or more, with the Herrington Country Park event one of nine taking place around the UK.

Among those who have already pledged to hit the route and raise cash is Jim Fox, of Hylton Castle, and he says he wants more Wearsiders to join him.

The 58-year-old came to volunteer for the Macmillan Befriending Service after seeing the support the organisation gave to a close friend of his who died from cancer.

Jim helps two Sunderland men once a week by visiting them to offer companionship.

Through the role, he has also signed up to volunteer for Age UK Sunderland through its Dial-a-Driver Scheme and also a lunch club.

Jim also helps support refugees in the area.

“I decided to set myself a challenge, and use it to help Macmillan to help others, like my sister Alison who is also a volunteer,” he said.

“By doing sponsored walks, I can keep my fond memories of my close friend alive, and support Macmillan’s great work.

“It’s a vital thing that the nurses do in helping to support people, especially those who don’t have family members to call upon. It’s a vital service.”

There are two routes, spanning three miles and eight miles, with participants encouraged to pick the one they feel most suitable.

To register for a walk, at Sunderland Herrington Country Park text WALK8 to 70550 call 0300 1000 200, or go to macmillan.org.uk/walks.