A Binfield resident is urging people of all ages from across Berkshire to rise early and join her in walking to beat blood cancers at a special event to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Entries are now open for the Windsor Great Park Forget Me Not Walk on Sunday 25 April, and Linda Willcocks is asking her local community to step-up to the start at 7:30am to help the charity fund research into better treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Linda, secretary of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Bracknell, Wokingham & District Branch, has organised the event in memory of her son Mark Charlton, and Steve Marston, the husband of a fellow Branch member - both of whom tragically lost their lives to blood cancer.
Mark was just 25 when he died from acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 1999. His brave two-year battle with the disease has inspired Linda and her husband, David, to help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research spare other families the pain of losing a loved one.
Linda says: “The research which is currently going on is amazing. Since Mark’s death huge steps forward have been made and things that we now know about AML save lives. I’m determined to keep fundraising and help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research get closer to a cure.
“I hope as many people as possible can wake up early and come and take part. The walk is suitable for everyone and will be a beautiful way to start the day”.
The Windsor Great Park Forget Me Not Walk will start and finish at the Queen Anne's Ride Car Park, with walkers following a 6-mile route through the historic parkland, formally the private hunting ground of Windsor Castle. After enjoying the early morning chance to spot some of deer which inhabit the park, the walkers will be welcomed at the finish with bacon sandwiches, coffee and well-deserved medals.
Those wishing to join in should contact Linda Willcocks on 01344 454503 or visit www.forgetmenotwalks.com. The entry fee is £5 for adults, £3 for children aged 12 or under. The fee includes a t-shirt and medal.