Over the Easter weekend, volunteers came together to walk 21 miles of the Guild Wheel to help raise money for nine-year-old cancer patient Amelia Brome.Advertisement
Amelia, from Ingol, has been selected by the NHS to receive Proton Therapy treatment in the USA as she is battling a cancerous tumour with ongoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
People aged from 9-61 years old got involved with the ‘Walk Amelia 2017’ fundraiser, which took place on Easter’s Good Friday, to help raise money for Amelia and her family, whilst she receives the treatment.
Participants donated £21 to take part in the walk, along with donations from the community, which will help Amelia’s family as they have given up work to be with their daughter, and so funds are being raised to help with this financial burden.
Around 40 supporters came out to help boost and encourage the walkers, including nine-year-old Amelia and her parents, Michael and Cheryl.
The weather took a turn for the worst and started throwing it down with rain, however this didn’t dampen spirits as the walkers eagerly continued their journey.
A support team met the volunteers every 5 miles to keep everyone hydrated and nourished, along with offering them continuous words of encouragement and pushing them all on.
After reaching the 21-mile point with a big cheer, everyone walked further to the Royal British Legion for a deserved rest and bite to eat.
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The walk, which started at the Continental pub, took approximately nine hours.
Christopher Pilkington, organiser of the walk, said: “The final stretch seemed to be the longest mile, but was the best mile by far!
“Everyone was at the end to greet us with a big cheer, and a very warm welcome.
“Overall an inspirational day for everyone and for those who donated to the charity as a whole.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part, those who where involved, and all my mates who have guided me through the organising of this charity event!
“Also a separate thanks to Steven Brome, the Evening Post, the Flame, the Royal British Legion for helping out all the way though it.
“Finally, Michael, Cheryl and Amelia for being who they are and was inspirational to see you all there on the day – You have touched my heart.”
You can follow updates from the event on the Facebook Page and donate to the Fundraising Page.
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