The Big C Walk to raise money for the Royal Marsden and St Wilfrid’s Hospice is back next month but will take place along the seafront.
The event was started by Tony Griffiths when he lost his wife Patricia to cancer in 2006 and has been running for many years.
Tony told the Gazette, “She was so well looked after by the Royal Marsden Hospital and St Wilfrid’s hospice that he felt he wanted to give something back in return.
“I will never be able to replicate the great work done by these two organisations but with the help of two old Royal Navy veterans, Ivan Jones and Tom Bradley, we formulated the walk on the south downs in the shape of a letter C.
“It proved popular and over the years and has raised £20,000.”
While Tony was at the Royal Marsden he met the actress Rita Tushingham whose daughter Aisha was being treated for cancer and is now thankfully cured.
Rita has been a keen supporter of the event and has done the walk on many occasions with her family. The actress ,of 1961 film A Taste of Honey fame, will be here again this year supporting the walk and the charities.
The walk has taken a new twist and will be moving to the seafront instead of the South Downs this year.
It will start a the Sea Cadet Headquarters on July 12 at 10am.
Tony said, “This is an ideal walk for everyone including families with buggies.
“Dog walkers are also welcome to take part.”
We will be pulling a small Royal Naval Field Gun ably assisted by Eastbourne Sea Cadet Corps, so we need as many volunteers as we can get to cover the nine miles to Holywell and back.”
Everyone is welcome to join the fundraising effort and Tony added, “There must be hundreds of people out there including military veterans who would like to do something for these two deserving charities.”
He appealed to locals and said, “Lets make the first year a big success.”
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Tony says the event take lots of planning and he has thanked everyone who has helped with the planning.
Tony added, “We would like to thank Eastbourne Police, Seafront Office Staff and the Council for there kind assistance in this matter.
“Permission has been given by both charities for the event and all monies raised will be split equally between them.”
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