Seafront trek to raise cancer charity cash

The Big C Walk on Eastbourne seafront SUS-150715-103819001
The Big C Walk on Eastbourne seafront SUS-150715-103819001

The annual Big C Walk, which has raised more than £20,000 for cancer charity over the years, took place on Eastbourne seafront at the weekend.

Caroline Ansell MP formally started the fundraiser.

The charity supporters waled nine miles from the Sea Cadet HQ, up the seafront to the Holywell and back again.

The event traditionally takes place on the South Downs, but this year for the first time moved to the seafront.

Each year the walkers are sponsored and raise cash for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and The Royal Marsden Hospital.

The event was started by Tony Griffiths when he lost his wife Patricia to cancer in 2006 and has been running for many years.

Having been so impressed with the care she received by The Royal Marsden Hospital, and St Wilfred’s Hospice, Tony felt he wanted to give something back in return.

The walk took a new twist this year and was held on the seafront rather than the Downs.

Mrs Ansell said, “I was really pleased to be able to formally start the walk this year.

“It was wonderful to see so many people involved, especially the sea cadets, and to then watch them pulling a Royal Naval Field Gun up the seafront was a great sight to see.”

“I would like to thank Eastbourne Police, Seafront Office Staff and Eastbourne Council for their kind assistance in helping to make this event such a success.”

Tony has had the support of actress Rita Tushingham whose daughter Aisha was being treated for cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital at the same time as Patrica. Aisha is now cured.

The actress ,of 1961 film A Taste of Honey fame, was supporting the event at the weekend and walked the course.

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