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Take part in the Walk of Life – Saturday 12 May

There’s still time to take part in our Walk of Life event which is happening on Saturday 12 May 2018. People are invited to sign up now and join us on the walking marathon that starts in Bishop Cannings, near Devizes and finishes in Bath.

The Walk of Life is held to celebrate the life and memories of loved ones. It was originally created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte and every year, Vanessa’s family and friends love seeing many others step out and support the RUH.

The event is open to both men and women and there is a 10 mile route option if walking 26.2 miles is too much of a challenge. The 10 mile distance will set off from Bradford on Avon in the afternoon.

Walkers are asked to raise £100 for patients and their families at the RUH.  They can choose where their fundraising goes; either to the Cancer Care campaign, new Therapies Centre or a ward or department in the RUH.

The walk will officially be started by Glastonbury festival founder, Michael Eavis (CBE) in Bishop Cannings and then participants will take to the tow path along the Kennet and Avon Canal, where they will finish at the Holburne museum in Bath.

Justine Elliott (pictured above, centre), who took part in the 2017 event shortly after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, is planning to be part of the day once again, alongside her family. She said:

“Being diagnosed with cancer has been a truly life changing time for me, my family and friends but it’s given me an opportunity to help focus on leaving a legacy that I would feel proud of. Although I probably will not be here to see the new Cancer Centre open at the RUH, I know that everyone who will pass through its doors will benefit immensely from it.

“Last year I had set a mental and physical target to achieve the walk as a defiant stance against my cancer and to raise funds for a cause that is close to my heart. Thanks to the generous support of my friends and family, we raised £21,000 – a truly awesome amount.

“Based on the original prognosis from the doctors, I would not be around in 2018 to complete it again.  However for those of you who know me, I love a real challenge. So, whilst I am not well enough to walk, I am hoping to be there to support everyone.”

Laura Pearce, the Appeal’s Events and Community Officer said:

“We’d love to see more people sign up and join us on Saturday 12 May. Whether you choose to walk the 26.2 or 10 miles, it’s going to be a great day. Hopefully the sun will shine and you’ll be walking with so many other amazing people who are stepping out to support patients at the RUH.

If you’d like to take part, visit our website for more information and register by 9 May. It costs just £20 to sign up, which includes a t-shirt, a medal for completing and there’ll be refreshment stops along the way.”

Last year, 500 people took part in the Walk of Life and over £130,000 was raised for the RUH.

For more about the event click here. Deadline to sign up is 9 May.

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