On 22 September 2019, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Tracey Espin from Durham, gathered her friends and family together for a fundraising walk in memory of Siobhan Mather.
“Our charity walk for Neuroblastoma UK came about after hearing the awful news that Siobhan Mather had passed away in June 2019.
Siobhan was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in July 2017, when she was just two years old.
She battled this rare childhood cancer with dignity and inspired me to raise money to help find a cure for this horrible disease.”
Walking with friends and family
“I had originally thought about doing the Great North Run but haven't ran much since school! I then decided to organise the walk and get friends and family involved.
I asked Siobhan’s parents if they minded me doing the walk in her memory and they were happy for me to do so it went from there. I contacted businesses all over for raffle prizes,
I couldn't believe how many people were willing to donate!”
six miles in two hours
“The day came and 19 of us walked for 5.9 miles, we did the walk in just over two hours ending up back at the Belmont Social Club for a buffet, some sweet treats and the raffle draw.
“So far we have raised nearly £1,200!
The walk went so well that I am hoping to make it a yearly walk for Siobhan, and raising more awareness of neuroblastoma along the way.”
Thank you and congratulations to Tracey and her team for organising this event and working so hard to raise money for Neuroblastoma UK.
The money raised will help to fund vital research into neuroblastoma, to improve treatments and hopefully one day, find a cure.