Birds of a Feather actress Linda Robson and stars from The Only Way is Essex stepped out at a charity event to beat blood cancers on Sunday 9 October. They joined over 80 people on the ‘Epping Walk’, which is expected to raise around £5,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Linda Robson joined Nanny Pat, Carol Wright and Jessica Wright from the ITV reality show to support the walk on the day. Nanny Pat handed out well deserved medals to every walker at the end of the event.
Organiser Jane Mason was keen to do something positive after being diagnosed with lymphoma last year. She said, “I want to thank everyone who took the time to come and support our first fundraising event for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research. I know all of the walkers know someone that had been personally affected by leukemia or lymphoma.
“That’s what is so good about the Walks - they are so personal that it gives everyone a chance to share their emotions together. You only had to look on everyone’s t-shirts, with so many names and messages about loved ones - it was really touching.”
The 4.4km route around Epping Forest started at the Bury Road Car Park and went through woodlands taking in picturesque views of Chingford Plain, finishing at The Royal Forest Pub.
The importance of helping patients with blood cancers was particularly significant for some walkers. Jane said, “With one family, the Moys, the Dad Steve is battling lymphoma and was not well enough to make the walk, but his daughters and family were all there walking for him. I think it really cheered him up when they went to visit him in Barts just after the walk and showed him their medals.”
James Wright, Walks Coordinator at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “Walking is a great way for people of all ages to help raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. It was fantastic that these stars came down and gave their time to support the event. Every penny raised will be invested in research that is finding better treatments for patients with all blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”