WALK IN MEMORY OF SISTER
Couple take on 50km Dimbleby capital trek
A HAYES couple joined broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby to take part in a night time walk in aid of a cancer charity.
Robert Thompson, 31, and partner Sian-Marie Jeffries, 23, walked 50km through London when they joined in the 50/50/50 challenge for Dimbleby Cancer Care on June 5.
Their motivation was the memory of Robert’s sister, Ellie, who was supported by the charity before she died from cervical cancer in April last year, aged just 31.
Robert said: “After Ellie passed away I wanted to do something to give back to the charity as Dimbleby Cancer Care offered Ellie so much in the way of support. Ellie would have loved this event, walking through London at night and seeing all the famous sites so I knew I had to do it for her.
“Sian and I had a wonderful time and walked with a great team who supported one another all the way round.
“We made it round the course in good time, taking 10 hours which was great as we were off to Italy that afternoon so couldn’t afford to stroll.”
Sian added: “The challenge was difficult at times but the charity is something which creates warmth and knowing that you are out there making a difference coupled with the thought of how much money Rob and I were raising to help people living with cancer was a great motivator.”
The couple have raised £1,151 in sponsorship so far. Sian also received a large blister for her trouble and was hobbling afterwards but said it was worth it to see London at night and support a good cause.
Dimbleby Cancer Care was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, father to presenters David and Jonathan, and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. It gives practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers.
n MEMORY: Robert Thompson and partner Sian-Marie Jeffries walked 50km through London Photo by Adam Hollingworth