Fundraisers from north Northumberland are leading a ‘Walk the Coast II’ challenge in a bid to raise more than £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Doug Reavley from Berwick and Chris Jackson from Bowsden will be leading 20 friends from around the region on the 60 mile walk along the coast of East Lothian and Berwickshire.
The team will start at Longniddry near North Berwick and walk to Eyemouth and across the border to Berwick from June 13-15.
Much of it is via the re-opened John Muir Way coastal path.
Doug, Chris and ‘Walk the Wall’ members, along with friends, family and associates have raised over £150,000 for Cancer Research UK since first walking 75 miles along Hadrians Wall in 1999.
This is the ninth walk they have undertaken, travelling an estimated 13,600 miles between them.
Doug said: “We have walkers aged from 20 to 65, and all of them have had cancer affect them in some way and by giving up their weekend to carry out what is quite an arduous task they get to do their bit in the fight against cancer and become a step closer to beating this disease.”
One of the team members is Stuart Birkett, managing director of Johnston Press’s Scottish division.
Stuart said: “We’ll be feeling the pain of sore feet and heavy legs, but your donation will help drive us on to raising yet more funds to help beat cancer.
“Most of our lives are touched by cancer in one way or another at some time, so you don’t need me to tell you what a great cause Cancer Research UK is. I hope you can support our efforts and give generously.”
Their last walk was in 2012, when they trekked 60 miles from Mosspaul in Teviotdale to Chollerford on Hadrian’s Wall and raised £10,000.
Joanne Evans, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for the north east, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Doug, Chris and friends have again decided to raise money for Cancer Research UK by carrying out this walk.
“They have being doing lots of organisation and we’re sure they’re going to have an amazing experience.
“We can’t thank them enough for all their support and want to wish them all the very best on the day, please support them, every penny helps.
Joanne added: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so.
“However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK spent over £4 million last year in the north east supporting the work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to prevent and treat it.
If you would like to donate please go to either www.walkthewall99.wordpress.com/donate or www.justgiving.walk-the-wall-1999 or TEXT WTWL99.