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Canal walk gives hope to brain tumour research

The Brain Tumour Research charity, whose headquarters are in Shenley Wood, has organised a popular Walk of Hope along the Grand Union Canal for the last six years on the last weekend of September. 
This year, six Walks of Hope will take place simultaneously during the morning of Saturday 29th September, while a seventh will have already taken place along the Bridgwater and Taunton canal on Saturday 8th September.
 This will coincide with a canoeing challenge being organised by one of the charity’s newer Fundraising Groups, appropriately named Canoeing for a Cure.
 With a choice of completing 5.5 miles or 11 miles, the Grand Union Canal Walk of Hope once again invites participants to arrive at the Three Locks pub in Stoke Hammond from 9.30am for registration and bacon sandwiches before setting out to walk along the towpath to The Grove Lock pub outside Leighton Buzzard. 
Walkers will then be able to picnic or enjoy lunch and refreshments at the pub and, if they are feeling energetic, walk back to The Three Locks.
The registration fee is £15 for individuals and £20 for families. All walkers will receive a medal for being part of the charity’s fantastic Fighting Force and are welcome to bring dogs, as long as they remain on leads.
Jane Barltrop of Harlington, near Luton, who has set up the Fluffy Cloud & Co fundraising group under the Brain Tumour Research. She said: “I had a lovely day last year completing the Walk of Hope along the Grand Union Canal. I came with my two daughters Alice and Emma and my daughter’s partner Chris, and we walked in memory of my husband Peter (Alice and Emma’s dad), thinking also of my sister Anne who also had a brain tumour (from which she sadly passed away in February this year). 
“We met lots of other families affected by brain tumours who were enjoying a beautiful day amid gorgeous scenery, while fundraising for a worthy cause.”
  • Pictured: Jane and her family on last year’s walk.
Michael Thelwall, the charity’s head of community fundraising, said“This is always a popular event for us as the whole family can get involved, which is why this year we have decided to give our supporters in other regions of the UK the opportunity to also experience the fun of a Walk of Hope.
“The money raised will help us in our mission to build a network of experts in sustainable research. We are funding dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.
“For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer and we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. Sadly, less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers.”                             
“We would encourage anyone that would like to take part, to get in touch.”
To register go to www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/take-on-a-challenge and click on Grand Union Canal Walk


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