Walkers are getting ready to put their best foot forward in memory of Stuart Renton who died 25 years ago after a hard-fought battle with Leukaemia.
Organised by Stuart’s pal Simon Landels, The Stuart Renton Memorial Sponsored Walk takes place on Sunday, June 22.
It will begin from the Holy Island Causeway (mainland), with everyone walking the 10 miles along the coastal path to Spittal, where a ‘finish line’ party will be waiting.
“It’s hard to believe that Stuart passed away 25 years ago, time seems to have flown,” Simon said.
“Stuart is still missed by a great many people, and I thought it would be nice to have a memorial for him.
“While Stuart was ill and for a few years after he died his mum and the rest of the family organised many sponsored walks in order to raise money for Leukaemia Research North East, and I thought reviving it would be a nice way to remember him as well as raise some funds along the way.”
Many Berwickers will remember the walks, organised by Stuart’s family in the 80s and 90s, which raised over £30,000 for vital research into Leukaemia and Lymphoma.
“The first one was in 1987,” Stuart’s mum Stella Renton said. “It was a great day, we started from the town hall steps. All the papers covered it, lots of people from the town got involved and all the doctors from the RVI came up.
“Stuart had started his treatment so he really wasn’t strong enough to walk, but he was at the start and he went along the route in the car, shouting out of the window!”
She added: “We did 10 walks so it’s nice to revive it and raise some money for the research that is so important.
“Over the years I have seen lots of people survive because of it - things have moved on so much.”
Berwick Rotary Club is organising a marquee at Spittal promenade for a party at the end of the walk, and Perryman’s is putting on a 50 seater bus to the start of the route.
Everyone is welcome to get involved. Tasmin Eden, Stuart’s sister, said: “There seems to have been a lot of interest and we’re hoping it will be a really good family event.”
Sponsor forms and more information are available from Simon on 01289 333107 or firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a form from The Hair Boutique in West Street. A free bus will leave Berwick at 9am on June 22 to take walkers to the start. Contact Simon to book a seat.