A West Halton man is urging local businesses to lend their support to his 1,200-mile charity trek in memory of Winterton school boy James Neal, who died of a rare form of leukaemia last year aged 14.
Andy Roberts, a close friend of James’ parents Joanne and Stuart Neal, is walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the charity dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for all blood cancers, including childhood leukaemia.
James was diagnosed with leukaemia in May 2009 and underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Sadly, despite several months in remission, the disease returned and James died, just four days after his fourteenth birthday.
Andy, 49, says: "Even knowing Joanne and Stuart as I do, I can’t imagine what it’s been like for them. It’s got to be any parent’s worst nightmare. I’d been toying with the idea of walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats for years but James’ death has made me determined to do it and stop other families going through the same thing."
Before he begins the gruelling two-month journey with his dog Sal on Sunday 17 April, Andy, a self-employed painter and decorator, is asking local businesses to help towards his fundraising target of £5,000 for the charity’s lifesaving research.
Andy says: "I know how hard things are for businesses at the moment but please give what you can. God forbid, a blood cancer could affect someone you’re connected to. I’m self-funding the trip to make sure every penny raised goes towards beating this horrible disease."
Support Andy's walk to beat blood cancers
You can support Andy’s Walk by visiting his justgiving page. Or, to donate a gift in kind, please contact Stuart Neal on (01724) 720651