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The Long Walk Home

Why would anyone walk 128 miles in 3 &1/2 days? for Brain Tumour Research because It is very close to my heart....

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Brain Tumour Research

We fund long-term, sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours

Charity Registration No. England and Wales 1153487, Scotland SC046840

Story

Why would anyone
walk 128 miles in three and a half days?

A mother looks at her children not
knowing if she will see them grow up. A father and husband knows not what the
future holds, will he grow old with his wife? Will his children have their
mother at their school assembly? Children who can’t quite compute everything
that is going on around them and need to adapt in ways that no children should
do. Family and friends that can only watch on as empty smiles and moments hide
or at least try to hide the key questions that have no answers. Grandparents
look on helpless in many ways as they witness the suffering and pain. Holidays
that become void as the waiting and questions continue to mount. Long silences
where husband and wife try to come to terms with the change in their lives.

 

The diagnosis of having a brain tumour
brings these thoughts home and makes them a reality.

 

In February 2015 this is what
happened to our family, to our lives. My wife Charlotte at 34 years old
 was diagnosed with a grade 2 Glioma, she then had to have 3 major
operations to remove the tumour, have her driving licence revoked and have MRI
scans every 6 months for the rest of her life to check the progress and prey
for news of “no signs of re-growth” Re-growth will mean the introduction of
more aggressive treatment, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. That treatment as we
stand is the last available treatment. 

 

In June 2017 4 brave souls walked the
Trans Pennine trail from Southport to Clayton West (Our home village). 124
miles in three and a half days, 46 hours walking time. We raised over £8000 and
this amount worryingly was enough to put us in the top 2% of fundraisers
nationally! Top 2% !!! Obviously a sign that more needs to be done. Thankfully
in 2018 Theresa May has pledged £45m, but more needs to be done.

 

That brings us nicely to today! On
June 21st 2018 14
brave amazing and committed people will embark on the other half of this walk.
Hornsea to Clayton West, again along the Trans Pennine Trail. Walking 128 miles
and again doing it in three and half days and this time In conjunction with our
local cricket club (Clayton West Cricket Club). Having already completed the
first half I know just how hard this walk is!  6am starts, blisters, bad
backs, bad hips, sore feet, stiff legs, hours and hours of straight line
walking. Our aim is to again raise a significant amount of money for this
fantastic charity so that in the future a cure can be found. That in the future
children will not lose parents, that parents won’t lose children and that lives
can be returned to normal without invasive treatments that are life changing.

 

Many thanks for reading and many
thanks in advance for any donations to this page.

 

Nick x


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