Durham Johnston School are urging people from across the county to step up and join them in walking to beat blood cancers at a special event to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Entries are now open for Durham Forget Me Not Walk due to start and finish at the school on Crossgate Moor on Saturday 24 April.
Pupils and staff are asking members of the local community to sign-up to help the charity fund research into better treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Assistant Head Teacher, Andrew O’Sullivan says: “We are always keen to support good causes at Durham Johnston such as the lifesaving work done by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Our young people are happy to participate in the walk - many aspire to be research scientists themselves in the future.”
On the day, walkers will set out from the school at 10am and follow a 4.5 mile circular route to the west of the city, taking in Neville's Cross, Baxter Wood, River Browney and the Lanchester Valley Walkway, before returning to Crossgate Moor, where they will be welcomed to a tea party in the school grounds by the Durham Johnston School Band.
In return for marshalling the event, pupils will benefit from the expertise of a team of researchers from the Newcastle Centre for Cancer Research, where Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has nearly £4 million pounds invested in funding projects to find better treatments for children and adults with leukaemia. As well as taking part in the walk, the researchers will be visiting the school to run interactive sessions to encourage Durham Johnston’s gifted and talented scientists.
James Wright, Forget Me Not Walks Coordinator at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “The walk is open to everyone so you can bring along your family and friends - and even your dog! Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research receives no government funding and relies entirely on voluntary support to fund its life-saving research. So I hope as many people as possible can join us for the walk and help us beat blood cancers.”
Those wishing to join in should contact Arun Malhotra on 07824 627196 or visit www.forgetmenotwalks.com. The entry fee is £7.50 for adults, £5 for children and just £20 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. The fee includes a t-shirt and medal.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was previously known as Leukaemia Research. The charity, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010, has changed its name to raise awareness of its longstanding commitment to research into all the blood cancers, including lymphoma and myeloma – not just leukaemia.