Mark’s work is rewarded Efforts of campaigner recognised by Rotary Club
This time last year Mark Lewis, 49, on a 676-mile walk with his nephew Drew Turner, 22, from Land’s End to their home in Halifax – 26 miles a day for 26 days. The ‘Long Walk Home’ as it was named helped to raise more than £26,000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of Mark’s sister, and Drew’s mum, Rebecca Turner who died of cancer when she was just 27 years old. The ambitious walking challenge marked the 20th anniversary of her death and the pair hoped to raise awareness of cancer. Rebecca was diagnosed with skin cancer and tragically died 16 weeks later, when Drew was just two years old. After the duo completed the walk, Mark was invited to share his experience with the Rotary Club of Halifax and talk about his motivation for supporting the charity. Now the Rotary Club has commended Mark’s efforts and made a donation of £250 to Cancer Research UK to help continue the charity’s work to fund life-saving research. Mark was presented with the cheque earlier this month at the club’s meeting at the Shay Stadium. Mark said: “Since Rebecca’s death and as a result of ongoing research funded by Cancer Research UK there have been significant improvements in diagnosis and treatment meaning 2 in 4 people now survive cancer. “I want to continue to do my bit to help beat cancer sooner. This donation by the Rotary Club is fantastic and will go towards helping more research into this devastating disease.” Lynne Desborough, Cancer Research UK’s local fundraising manager, said: “This donation by the Rotary Club is an extremely generous gesture and we’re delighted for Mark that his efforts are being recognised.” Since completing the Long Walk Home, Mark continued his fundraising efforts and had his walking boots on once again in May to take on the coast to coast walk made famous by fell walker Alfred Wainwright. Lynne added: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our research. “We are extremely grateful to both Mark and the Rotary Club for helping us continue to find a cure.”
Mark (centre) with his friends on his coast to coast walk.
Mark Lewis (right) receiving the cheque from a Rotarian.