Surrey grandad David Standley organised two sponsored walks on Saturday which raised more than £3,000 to be split between CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, and the Royal Marsden Paediatric Unit.
David, of Addlestone, took to the woods and fields around Chobham in the morning and Ripley in the afternoon. He was joined by 28 walkers in the morning and 31 in the afternoon. Some people took part in both walks.
Five children also joined the walkers and a number of people brought their dogs. 'They all enjoyed splashing through the mud and water on the way', said David.
David's granddaughter Esme Standley, aged three, is being treated for cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital's Paediatric Unit. David started walking regularly after he was treated for cancer eight years ago.
'The local community have really rallied round and provided financial and moral support since Esme was diagnosed', said David.
'I have been absolutely overwhelmed by their support and generosity', he said. 'And I have been inspired to organise and lead the walks by the courage my granddaughter has shown when having her treatment.'
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About childhood cancer
Every day, ten children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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