Walk raises thousands of pounds in memory of Dearne cancer victims

Walkers on the Rush to Walk fundraiser.
Walkers on the Rush to Walk fundraiser.

A sponsored walk in memory of three Dearne cancer victims has reached the milestone of raising £100,000 for a range of charities.

The eighth Rush to Walk event saw more than 200 people trek around Rotherham over the May Day Bank Holiday to raise around £7500.

This put the grand total over £100, 000 since it launched in 2006.

Organiser Gillian Headon, 56, of Doncaster Road, Mexborough, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who raised the money.

“So many people at so many charities will benefit from this money. It is really heart-warming.”

The hairdresser was inspired to launch the event in memory of her nurse pal Sandra Rush, of Conisbrough, who died of breast cancer in 2002 aged 44.

Mrs Headon had another set back in 2012 when friend Lynn Wilson, a teaching assistant from Conisbrough, died of pancreatic cancer aged 54.

Fellow pal Dorothy Weir, 74, from Swinton, lost her cancer battle in June last year.

Mrs Headon said: “It is so hard to lose a loved one. It really knocks it out of you.

“But we started the walk all those years ago to try and make a difference.

“It has been great to see so many people support us.

“I’m sure Sandra, Lynn and Dorothy will be looking down proud of us all for what we have done.”

She added: “We will be back next year I’m sure of it.

“Lets try and raise even more for these great charities.”

A total of 215 walkers finished three distances of three, seven and 25 miles, all of which started and finished at Wentworth Woodhouse on Sunday, May 4.

Mrs Rush’s daughter Natalie and Rotherham Rotary Club also helped to organise the event.

Proceeds will go to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Rotherham Hospital and other good causes. To help with fundraising next year, visit www.rushtowalk.com.