Ilkeston walkers pull on boots for Leukaemia research

Bramcote and District(Sub-Branch) of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research group's annual 9 mile sponsored walk.
Bramcote and District(Sub-Branch) of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research group's annual 9 mile sponsored walk.

More than fifty people took part in an annual nine mile sponsored charity walk through Ilkeston to raise money for research into Leukaemia

The popular event was organised by the Bramcote and District (sub- branch) of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research group.

The event which originally began in the early 1970’s as a 25 mile sponsored walk, started from the Moor Lane home of retired nurse Diane Jones who is secretary of the group. It covered a circular route taking in Ilkeston, Cossall, and Stapleford.

The group’s chairman Keith Brown who lives in Stapleford and was diagnosed with Leukaemia six years ago said he was delighted with the show of support for the 2015 event.

He said: “ I am one of the lucky ones who has made a good recovery from a very serious illness and I’m sure that everyone participating this year has had their lives affected by Cancer, Leukaemia and other illnesses which have impacted upon their family.”

“Last year we raised over £4,000 and since we began more than 40 years ago more than £250,000 has been raised for research by dedicated fundraisers.”

One of the founders of the group, who now lives in Surrey, sent his wishes to the fundraising walkers.

Eric Armstrong said: “ It is very rewarding to know that something that I helped to set up all those years ago is still flourishing.”

Phil Harvey whose son died of Leukaemia and has been involved with the charity walk for more than 40 years was also there to supports walkers before they set off.

He said: “I am really pleased that more younger people are taking part as it would be a shame to see such a worthy event fall by the wayside.”

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