A Stevenage mum, who lost her son to leukaemia, is walking through London to help blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research find better treatments and cures for the disease.
Angela Minett is urging local residents to join her on 17 July for the Monopoly Forget Me Not Walk - a special sponsored walk based on the popular board game.
Angela’s son, Darren, died following treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2005, aged just 25.
“His death was such a shock; I couldn’t get my head around it at first, and I was angry,” says Angela, 55. “But time moves on and you realise we need to pull together to stop this from happening to other people.”
Since her tragic loss, Angela, a Support Worker from Briardale, has raised more than £4,000 towards groundbreaking research into blood cancers and is determined to continue fundraising: “People have been so generous and research has come a long way, but there’s still more to be done.
“I wanted to do something a little bit different to give people a great day out, and help save lives. Darren used to love Monopoly - though he didn’t like losing!”
Join the Monopoly Forget Me Not Walk
The Monopoly Forget Me Not Walk will start from Kings Cross Station at 12:00 on Saturday 17 July. Walkers will travel around the capital on foot and by tube, visiting coloured squares from the iconic game where they will answer quiz questions as they attempt to pay the rent!
And with a choice of two routes available - a 10km journey and a shorter 5km walk - people of all ages are encouraged to don their top hats and give Uncle Penny Bags a run for his money.
Those wishing to join in should contact organiser James Wright on 0207269 9006 or visit the event site. The entry fee is £7.50 for adults, £5 for children aged 12 and under, and just £20 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. The fee includes a t-shirt and medal.