Preston friends walk Cumbria Way in memory of Sam Hawarden

Posted on - 30th September, 2023 - 2:10pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Proud Preston
Sam Hawarden from Preston died in May not long after being diagnosed with the tumour Pic: Justgiving/Matt Lambert

A walk in memory of a Preston man who died from a brain tumour aged just 32 looks set to raise nearly £20,000.


Sam Hawarden is being remembered by his friends as they walk the Cumbria Way.

Ten of Sam’s friends, led by Matthew Lambert, are marching the 75-mile route from Carlisle to Ulverston.

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They set out on Tuesday 26 September and are entering the home stretch during Saturday (30 September) afternoon, flanked by family and friends of Sam.

The group setting off on their final 15-mile leg on Saturday Pic: Matt Lambert

Sam passed away in May after being diagnosed with the most aggressive form of brain cancer for which there was no cure.

Matt said: “Losing Sam at the tender age of 32 is the most painful thing we have ever experienced. We have seen first-hand the terrible impact that brain tumours can inflict and the shockwave of devastation as family and friends come to terms with the news. In creating this fund, we simply wish to provide hope and support to others who find themselves in the same unfortunate position.

“Sam developed the most aggressive form of brain cancer which is completely incurable and has a bleak prognosis of just 14 months. Tragically, when Sam passed away on 30th May 2023, this was just 4 days from his admittance to hospital and initial diagnosis.

“Sam lived an incredible life filled with thoughtfulness and generosity. He was a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend to so many. Please support us in continuing Sam’s lasting memory and fighting this terrible disease with a donation to this important cause.”

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Sam and his daughter Georgia Pic: Justgiving/Matt Lambert

Sam left behind his wife Emily and their four-month-old daughter Georgia.

Sam and his wife Emily Pic: Justgiving/Matt Lambert

All funds raised by the group of friends will go to The Brain Tumour Charity and the Justgiving page has gone through the £17,500 mark.

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