A team of walkers from Terrington St Clement’s
Co-op are taking part in Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Walk Ten Sandringham later this month.
Team Co-op Girls were inspired to complete this 10k summer evening walk in the grounds of the Royal estate on Saturday, August 30, after reading about the work of the charity’s nurses.
The walk is particularly important to team leader, Jo Butler-Eldridge, after her mother was diagnosed with cancer and given just four weeks to live, on the same day she signed up to take part in the walk.
Her attention was first caught by an advert in a magazine for a Marie Curie-organised trek in the Himalayas which then led her to discover the charity organised smaller 10k walks called Walk Ten, with one at Sandringham.”
She and colleague Julie High set about organising their team to take part when Jo was hit by a bombshell.
She said: “That very same day I received a call from my dad giving me news that totally devastated me and my family.
“My mum had cancer and we only had four weeks before she died on February 9.
“We didn’t use Marie Curie nurses. Our family nursed my mum, but I realised how reassuring it must be for others who need that support to be able to turn to Marie Curie.”
Walkers and fundraisers can join Team Co-op Girls on the starting line on August 30 to help raise the funds needed to keep Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Norfolk Nursing Service running.
Walk Ten Sandringham is a great opportunity to get active, but also a great way to entertain family and friends on a beautiful late summers evening. The walk takes in some stunning grounds, and after walkers will have the chance to enjoy a twilight picnic with live music.
The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display, marking 10pm – the time when the majority of Marie Curie nurses begin their evening shifts.
Registration is £10 per person in advance, £20 on the night, with under 16s free.
Go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/sandringham for more information about the event and how to register.