Sponsored walk raises money for leukaemia research

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The Bramcote and District branch of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research held its annual nine-mile sponsored walk. Fair weather played its part in the success of the group’s latest fundraiser which brought together more than 40 participants each keen to play their parts in helping Nottingham City Hospital’s Nottinghamshire Leukaemia Appeal. Read more on left.

Fair weather played its part in the success of the group’s latest fundraiser which brought together more than 40 participants each keen to play their parts in helping Nottingham City Hospital’s Nottinghamshire Leukaemia Appeal.

The event, which first began as a 25-mile challenge in the 1970s and was later changed to accommodate younger and elderly participants, started from the Moor Lane, Bramcote. Walkers set off from the home of retired practice nurse Diane Jones, who co-ordinates the charity walk with fellow stalwarts Keith Brown (chairman) and Roger Moors (treasurer), and followed a circular route taking in Ilkeston, Cossall and Stapleford.

Mrs Jones, who has recently helped to set up Breathe Easy group in Ilkeston, applauded supporters of the walk and made mention of the 2nd Bramcote Scout Group which got involved last year and was well represented again. She said: “It is encouraging to see more young people helping our cause and the scouts and their leaders have given us a massive boost with their contributions. We are hoping to top the £4,000 mark this time and every penny will go to help the Hospital’s stirling work in its battle against Leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma.” Keith Brown, who lives in Stapleford, contracted leukaemia seven years ago and thanks to fantastic support from medical professionals he has made a good recovery. He said: “Cancer, leukaemia and other illnesses impact upon the lives of the sufferer and those close to them. I am fortunate to be a survivor and I give thanks every day to the fantastic doctors and nurses who have given me a new lease of life.”

Phil Harvey, a stalwart member of the Bramcote and District group, whose son died of leukaemia, has been involved with the charity walk for more than 40 years. He said: “At its height, more than 150 people registered and though numbers have dwindled it is good to see the charity walk still flourishing.” For details of the walk or to support the Bramcote and District Branch, contact Mrs Jones on 0115 9258024.