Fund-raisers put best foot forward for Twilight Walk - The Leamington Observer

Fund-raisers put best foot forward for Twilight Walk

Leamington Editorial 19th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

A SEA of red descended on Warwick Castle as walkers took to the town’s streets to raise more than £20,000 for charity.

Around 350 fund-raisers kitted out in red T-shirts came together for The Brain Tumour Charity’s third Warwick Twilight Walk.

The walkers, who were made up of people living with a brain tumour, their families and those walking in memory of loved ones that have lost their lives to the disease, were welcomed by ex-England rugby captain, Lewis Moody.

He was joined by Warwick and Leamington MP, Chris White and Warwick Mayor, Coun Mandy Littlejohn.

Susan and Emma Fischer decided to take part in memory of their daughter and sister, Laura Fischer-Beards, who died on September 9, three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Also walking in Laura’s memory were Vicky and David Wallace from Hatton Park along with their four sons Ben, James, Nicholas and Toby.

Vicky met Laura when their boys were at school together.

She said: “Laura was an inspiration. Even when she was feeling unwell, she threw herself into fund-raising and I’m following her example for a cause close to her heart.”

Director of fund-raising, Geraldine Pipping, added: “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and people under 40 in the UK but survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 40 years.

“We receive no government funding – relying 100 per cent on voluntary donations, fundraising and gifts in wills – so we are hugely grateful to every single walker who joined us.”

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