Preston couple walk coast to coast to raise over £1,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Posted on - 12th August, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Jill and Bryan paddle in the North Sea

A Preston couple has raised £1,060 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation after walking more than 200 miles across the breadth of the UK.


Retired biology lecturer Jill Greenhalgh and journalist Bryan Walker took 12 days to walk the official ‘coast to coast’ path, from St Bees on the shores of the Irish Sea in Cumbria to the picturesque North Sea village of Robin Hood’s Bay in East Yorkshire.

The pair walked to honour the memory of Jill’s late husband Alan Greenhalgh and her subsequent partner Alan Worswick, who both lost their lives to cancer.

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Jill with granddaughter Naomi at Rosedale Head

Jill, a mum-of-four, celebrated becoming a first-time grandmother in March, and on day 11 of her and dad-of-two Bryan’s walk, the duo was met on the North Yorkshire Moors by her son Ben, his wife Ruth, and their now four-month-old daughter Naomi. The family lives in the North East.

Bryan and Jill are members of the Lancashire DotCom Walkers, a Preston-based walking club.

Bryan said: “We would like to thank club members, family and friends for supporting us.

“Our £1,060 donation was in addition to the £567.20 raised last year by Jill and her friend Gill Ellard, who was going to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain until pandemic restrictions put paid to the plan.”

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Rosemere Cancer Foundation provides treatments and services to cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria who are treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and also at another eight local hospital cancer units across two counties.

The charity funds equipment, clinical research, staff training, services and initiatives that the NHS cannot afford.

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