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Walk in aid of charities

Gillian Headon and Natalie Rush, pictured with Natalie's daughter Safia Zuber, four. Picture: Marie Caley S0075MC

Gillian Headon and Natalie Rush, pictured with Natalie's daughter Safia Zuber, four. Picture: Marie Caley S0075MC

A sponsored walk in memory of three Doncaster area women who died from cancer is expected to raise thousands of pounds this weekend.

Hairdresser Gillian Headon, aged 56, of Doncaster Road, Mexborough, is hoping to break the £100,000 mark at the seventh annual Rush to Walk event in Rotherham on Sunday.

She was inspired to launch the event in memory of her nurse pal Sandra Rush, of Conisbrough, who died of breast cancer in 2002 aged 44.

Another friend Lynn Wilson, a teaching assistant from Conisbrough, died of pancreatic cancer aged 54 in 2012. And fellow pal Dorothy Weir, 74, from Swinton, lost her cancer battle in June last year.

Mrs Headon said this year’s event has added poignancy because of the two recent setbacks, and she has dedicated the walk to all three of her friends.

She said: “Losing a friend or relative to cancer really knocks you for six.

“This is why it is so important to raise money for cancer charities.

“This is the seventh walk and the total funding stands at £96,000.

“We raised about £7,000 last year and about 200 walkers came, so we are hoping to break the £100,000 mark.

“It has always been very well supported and we are expecting hundreds to be on the start line once again.”

The walk will start and finish at Wentworth Woodhouse on Sunday with enrolment from 8am.

There will be a shorter pushchair-friendly stroll, a 7.5-mile walk, and a 25-mile hike around Rotherham.

Mrs Rush’s daughter Natalie and Rotherham Rotary Club have helped to organise the event.

Proceeds will go to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Rotherham Hospital and several other good causes.

To enter and for more information visit www.rushtowalk.com

 

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