Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk reaches ten-year anniversary

03 Oct 2018

Our North Northumberland Fundraising Group hosted their tenth Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk on Sunday 30 September. The event was a huge success once again with about 220 walkers and another 20 marshals and helpers there on the day, all supporting Bloodwise in huge numbers!

A group of Bloodwise fundraisers pose with their dogs on Holy Island

Walkers came from all over the country to take part in this stunning walk, with people joining the walk from as far afield as Wakefield, Macclesfield, York, Huddersfield and Kilmarnock.  

Despite the very bracing conditions this year’s walk looks like being one of the most successful walks so far, both in terms of walker numbers and also the incredible £6,500 raised to date – with more sponsorship money still to come in!

The group are supported in putting on this walk by a huge number of people, but would like to say a special thanks to the walkers, the event sponsor Optimus Accounting and the volunteer marshals who support to make the day so successful.

Optimus Accounting is owned by the Evans family. The family does a huge amount for Bloodwise and has been long standing supporters of the walk after their daughter Sophia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when she was younger. The whole family are very actively involved in supporting the charity.

The marshals for the event were yet again provided by Linda Crouch and pupils from Berwick Academy, who all did a brilliant job. The organisers would also like to thank Lindisfarne Ltd for the use of their forecourt and the new Village Hall for the tables.

A highlight of the day was Amber Eden presenting a cheque for £660, which she raised by competing in the Junior Great North Run. Amber was running in memory of her Uncle Stuart Renton. The Renton and Eden family and friends have been raising money in memory of Stuart for 30 years and in that time have raised well over £30,000 in support of Bloodwise. They are very proud that their money has been used to find new and much more effective treatments for childhood and teenage leukaemia that were not available when Stuart was diagnosed.

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