WalkWithMe sets new record for Action Against Cancer!
Action Against Cancer is proud to have been selected as the 2014 charity partner of the WalkWithMe event - a 26 mile fundraising walk taking place in beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside. Following the meticulous and committed planning of a nine strong committee, led by Annie Smith, a record 240 walkers descended on Moulsford Preparatory School (where the walk started and finished), for what was a memorable day.
Committee member, Olivia Alderson, who is being treated by Professor Stebbing, was eager to raise funds for Action Against Cancer. Speaking of the committee's motivations, Olivia said 'we all felt we wanted to do something to help Professor Stebbing's team advance their pioneering work in the laboratory and in turn help many more people worldwide'.
Hilary Craft BEM, the charity's Chairwoman, who delivered a rousing send-off to the walkers said 'the feeling I had seeing all the walkers wearing Action Against Cancer t-shirts was truly special. WalkWithMe was an extraordinary event. I am so grateful to the WalkWithMe committee and all of the participants who made the day such a success and so generously supported the important work the charity funds'.
The walkers were helped along by many volunteers, manning water stops and road crossings. As the walkers neared the finish line, they passed a river crossing over the Thames, to be greeted by cheering family members and friends, a barbecue and Pimms.
Fundraisers included Vicky Clokey and Sue Ramos Galvez, who are also undergoing treatment. Speaking after the event, Olivia said 'Unfortunately, too many of us know someone personally who has been affected by cancer. Knowing that all the money raised would be going directly to fund Professor Stebbing's team's groundbreaking research, seemed to motivate so many people to get registered and get walking. We were overwhelmed by the support we received... everyone was getting behind us, raising money and putting in the hours of training.'
The funds raised by WalkWithMe 2014 will support a PhD student in Professor Stebbing's laboratory for three years. Thank you again to the WalkWithMe committee and WalkWithMe walkers for all of your incredible support.