Keen walkers Dave and Chris, from Chippenham, Wiltshire have been friends for over 50 years, both turning 64 this year. With fond memories of spending their childhoods in Devon and Cornwall, the pair set themselves this eight week challenge as way to fundraise for CLIC Sargent, who provided support when David’s son Tom was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13.
Tom, the youngest of David’s three sons, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1995 and received treatment at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath.
Soon after Tom’s diagnosis, the Martin’s were introduced to their CLIC Sargent Social Worker at the RUH who was able to help them to understand and cope with the emotional, practical and financial effects of cancer, through treatment and beyond.
Enormous support was also received from Tom’s CLIC Sargent Nurses, who were able to coordinate his clinical and non-clinical care, to maximise the amount of time he could safely spend at home, and ensured that treatments were able to be given at home where possible.
David said: “As in all walks of life it was the people who made the difference and in this case it was the care, compassion and understanding of the CLIC Sargent staff”.
Chris said: "I saw how much the support of the CLIC Sargent team meant to Tom and the whole Martin family at a very difficult time. Now it’s time to oil our knees and show our support to CLIC Sargent and the important work they do for children and their families.”
Dave and Chris’s 630 mile hike will take them on a challenging route from Somerset’s Minehead on the edge of Exmoor, around to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset. Over the eight weeks the pair will endure a course with over 115,000 feet (35,000 metres) of ascents, the equivalent of climbing Everest almost four times!
Show your support
To show your support for Dave and Chris, you can sponsor them online by visiting their official JustGiving page.
You can also follow their journey by visiting their Facebook page
For more information
To find out how you can help raise funds for children and young people with cancer, please contact Fundraising Manager, Sophie Porfirio on 0117 311 2639 or email: email@example.com.