WALKERS IN Punnetts Town have raised more than £5,000 for young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and The Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs to children suffering hair loss.
The idea for the sponsored walk was dreamed up by two friends, Fyonna Voss and Sarah Morrell following Fyonna’s daughter Freya being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The family were supported by the two charities and Fyonna and Sarah decided they wanted to give something back. On the morning of June 3 when, after a hearty breakfast, 92 walkers set out from Punnetts Town Village Hall on either a five or 11 mile round trip. They returned to the hall to tea and cakes, followed by a raffle and cake auction. The day was a huge success and has raised £3,930 for CLIC Sargent and £1,117 for The Little Princess Trust.
Fyonna said: “We have been totally overwhelmed by the support shown to us by everyone – we are honoured to have such good family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Everyone entered into the spirit of things and no moaning was heard about the distance or the fact they had to lift the dog over the stile or the long grass or the rain or the over-friendly ponies or even taking wrong turnings.”
Dan Powell, Area Fundraiser at CLIC Sargent, says: “A huge thank you to everyone involved and especially to Fyonna and Sarah for all of their hard work. CLIC Sargent relies on it’s supporters to allow us to continue with our vital work with children and young people with cancer so thank you from all of us here.”
He pointed out that every day 10 children and young people are told they have cancer and diagnosis usually comes as a shock. Although survival rates are now higher than 70% cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children in the UK.
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. It provides clinical, practical and emotional support for young patients and families from diagnosis onwards. Visit: www.clicsargent.org.uk