SISTERS who lost their loving dad to cancer are the first to sign up for a new event which is expected to generate tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
Siblings Sue McNeilly and Jan Metcalf, both of Tunstall, put their names down for Miles for Macmillan charity walk.
Their dad, Frederick Griffiths, died 14 years ago after a battle with lung cancer.
Mr Griffiths, a plumber before retirement, was 67 when he died and was cared for by Macmillan nurses during his final weeks.
Sue and Jan say they are looking forward to being on the start line on Sunday, September 1, for the walk, which is for people of all ages.
Macmillan provides practical, medical and financial support and pushes for better cancer care.
“We only accessed help from Macmillan for a short period before dad died, but we always try and support them because the help we got was very good,” said Sue, who volunteers at St Benedict’s Hospice in her spare time.
“Cancer is one of those diseases that seems to touch everyone. Everybody knows someone who has it or a friend whose relative has it.
“We try to do things every year for the charity. We did a swimathon last year, but we wanted to try something different this time and we’re both looking forward to it.”
Sue and Jan are now calling on others to sign up for the walk and get sponsorship in.
Sue added: “I know it’s difficult times right now financially for people but the charity relies on fund-raising and they need our help.”
Jane Curry, fund-raising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Sunderland, said: “Make time for what matters to you, your family and friends by joining Macmillan Cancer Support for a big, beautiful walk.
“You can get together with hundreds of people all walking together to improve the lives of people affected by cancer in the community.
“The walk has a three and eight-mile route, so everyone can take part whatever their age and level of fitness.
“We’re asking people to raise £150 or more, money which will fund vital cancer care services.”
To sign up for Miles for Macmillan, call 0300 1000 200 or go to macmillan.org.uk/miles.