A community group that helps to feed struggling Preston families is heaping an even greater challenge on its plate on Sunday (November 1).Advertisement
14 members of the Preston Here for Humanity team will be setting out from Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital at 5am to walk the 32 miles to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
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Their aim is to finish the socially distanced trek within 12 hours to raise more than £1,200 to be split between Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the family of Blackburn toddler Carson Adams, who was born with holes in his heart and his heart on the wrong of side of his body.
The three-year-old has been a patient at Alder Hey since July, when he was admitted for his third major heart operation.
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Sadly, Carson is currently in an induced coma after suffering a number of setbacks.
A Blackburn community group, the Shad Chefs, did a walk earlier this year that inspired the Here for Humanity crew to share their proceeds between the two causes.
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Director Chris Murray said: “My cousin is currently undergoing cancer treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre and it’s sad to say so many people’s lives in Preston have been similarly touched.
“Myself and my five-year-old daughter Winnie were planning to take part in Rosemere’s annual Walk in the Dark, which raises vital funds, but when this was cancelled because of the pandemic, we felt as a collective that we had to do something to get them some money.”
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The Preston Here for Humanity walkers, who run a foodbank, provide free meals for elderly shielders and are offering free half-term lunches for children who would usually receive a free school dinner, will be accompanied en route by an event support vehicle, supplied for free and driven by Adam Bossons.
The team will be brought back to Preston by a fleet of cars provided, also for free, by Millers Taxis.
In addition, the team will carry two huge banners bearing the names of 12 sponsors, which have each paid £100 to have their names and logos printed on the banners.
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