Richmond and Twickenham residents are being urged to join the second Richmond Riverside Forget Me Not Walk on Sunday 22 May to raise money for the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Last year 140 people took part in the event, raising £18,000 towards the charity’s lifesaving research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Organiser Alan Davis is asking the local community to step up and top the fantastic 2010 total.
Alan, Chairman of the charity’s Richmond & Twickenham Branch, has been committed to beating blood cancers for more than 40 years, following the death of his sister Elaine from leukaemia in 1971. She was just seven years-old.
"My parents were grief stricken and looking for a way to channel it into something that would help," said Alan, 55. "So I helped them set up a Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Branch in Eltham where we lived at the time – it’s not what most 15 year-olds were into, but I knew how important it was."
Thanks to investment in research, nine out of ten children diagnosed with the most common form of childhood leukaemia now survive. Alan is determined to help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research closer to a cure.
Alan said: "That the survival rate for childhood leukaemia has improved is so good, but I’ve seen for myself the terribly debilitating treatment patients go through, and the fact is, blood cancers still take people’s lives. We just have to find better treatments and hopefully a complete cure".
"Please come down and join us for a most enjoyable walk in gorgeous riverside surroundings. The walk is a celebration of all Richmond has to offer and everyone is welcome to take part."
The family-friendly Richmond Riverside Forget Me Not Walk will set out at a leisurely pace from Teddington Lock on Sunday 22 May following the riverside path towards Richmond. Walkers with dogs are welcome and will set off at 10:30 am. The main walk will get underway at 11:00 am.
The 10-kilometre route is level all the way, and well away from traffic. Walkers will pass through the historic borough, past Ham House, Richmond Lock, the Old Deer Park of Richmond Palace and the world-renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, before finishing on Kew Green with a well-earned drink in the pub.
Walk to beat blood cancer!
Those wishing to join in should contact James Wright on 0207269 9006.
The entry fee is £8 for adults, £5 for children. The fee includes a t-shirt and medal.