Heacham mother stages fundraising walk for Ovarian Cancer Action

In the Coach & Horses at the start of walk for ovarian cancer ANL-150330-124841001
In the Coach & Horses at the start of walk for ovarian cancer ANL-150330-124841001
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They came in their dozens for their friend, their colleague ... their wife or mother as supporters turned out to show support for Linsey Joyce.

The five-mile sponsored walk between the Coach and Horses pub in Dersingham and the Bushel and Strike in Heacham – via the Queen Victoria in Snettisham – was organised by Mrs Joyce to raise money and awareness of ovarian cancer.

Saturday’s efforts are expected to have raised £2,500 for Ovarian Cancer Action and it is hoped that another £1,000 will be raised on top of that.

Mrs Joyce, 41, who is a project manager at the CITB, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lynn.

She is due to have an operation at Addenbrooke’s before undergoing more chemo before June.

But for the mother-of-two the diagnosis of ovarian cancer in January was a terrible shock – having already had her ovaries removed.

She said: “My mother died of breast cancer and I had a hysterectomy in 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as part of preventative treatment.

“I believed I could not get it. I had the simplistic feeling that I was immune because I had had my ovaries removed. It was a terrible shock.

“But quite quickly after being diagnosed I realised you can’t change what is happening. you can’t do anything about it other than in the manner you approach the illness.”

Some 70 people turned out to do the walk on Saturday.

The Coach and Horses opened up early to serve bacon sandwiches and promised to pay 10 per cent of its takings to the cause.

On the walk was Linsey’s husband Stephen and her sons, Kieran, 20 and Connor, 14. She said their support in particular has been inspiring.

“They have been a tower of strength,” she said.

“The nicest thing was to see so many young people on the walk.

“It was fantastic to see so many of my sons friends on the walk. Ovarian cancer is seen as a ‘women’s issue’ but it was fantastic to see so many young people being proud to wear the T-shirt.

“This just started with a close circle of six friends who wanted to raise £500 and it kept escalating.”

Although too ill to walk the route, Mrs Joyce was there to greet the walkers at each pub.

To support Linsey go to: https://www.justgiving.com/