Cou­ple take on 50km Dim­bleby cap­i­tal trek

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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