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Downham Market couple's fundraising walk after mother diagnosed with terminal cancer




A couple dressed in pink and walked more than 5k in a town centre to raise funds for charity following a family member's terminal cancer diagnosis.

Tara and Darren Ford, 47 and 49, decided to arrange their own fundraiser in their home town after the normal Race for Life events were cancelled this year due to coronavirus.

The pair walked around Downham on Saturday with a collection bucket and a whistle to raise vital funds for Cancer Research. They covered almost 8k during the journey having originally intended to walk 5k.

Although the Normal Race for Life event in West Norfolk was cancelled in 2020, that did not stop Tara and Darren Fordundertaking a Race For Life at Home fundraising event 5K walk around. Picture: Paul Marsh
Although the Normal Race for Life event in West Norfolk was cancelled in 2020, that did not stop Tara and Darren Fordundertaking a Race For Life at Home fundraising event 5K walk around. Picture: Paul Marsh

Mrs Ford's 78-year-old mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and Mrs Ford said the walk was even more poignant because her mother had also suffered a mini-stroke on the day of the fundraiser.

The couple walked through the market, Bridge Street, Trafalgar Road and went inside Morrisons for donations as well.

And high street butcher Richard Gill held a collection bucket for them, as £500 has been raised for Cancer Research so far.

Many others were raising funds for Cancer Research at the weekend as part of the national Race for Life at Home day.

Mrs Ford said: "I had a loud whistle as I wanted to make sure people knew we were coming! We were playing the Final Countdown as we finished near our home.

"It was freezing so I was pleased to be able to have a cup of tea when I got home!

"People have been absolutely amazing, the people of Downham Market who put money in the bucket. Total strangers were donating to us as we walked while doing social distancing as best as we can.

"There were a lot of people taking photos of my husband in a strange get-up. It took a lot of time to wash the pink out of his hair but we didn't care because it's an amazing charity and it was all worthwhile."

To donate visit https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/taras-very-2020-race-for-life-12.



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