Fund-raising walk for blood cancers back next month

Action from the 2015 Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk.
Action from the 2015 Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk.

The North Northumberland Fund-raising Group is getting ready for the eighth Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk for blood-cancer charity Bloodwise (formerly named Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).

The walk, which will be taking place on Sunday, October 9, is one of the biggest events of the year for the group, which is supported by Northumbrian Water and Perryman’s Buses.

The charity is lucky to have Sixth-Form pupils from Berwick Academy, along with teacher Jed Thomas, acting as marshals for the day.

It’s a really popular event, with groups, families, work colleagues and individuals coming from across Northumberland, the North East and further afield to walk the beautifully-scenic, five-mile route.

Starting at noon from St Aidan’s Winery on Holy Island, it takes in stunning views including Lindisfarne Castle, the harbour and the picturesque village.

This year, the walk has already attracted entrants from as far away as Wakefield and Grantham and it is hoped there will be a large turn-out from regular local supporters too.

Bloodwise is currently running a 3 & 5 campaign, to raise awareness of the fact that blood cancer is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK and the fifth most common cancer.

Last year’s event raised more than £6,000 to help beat all 137 blood cancers and the fund-raising group is encouraging as many people as possible to join them this year.

You can enter on the day or you can email Helen Tait on

For any queries about the event, contact Helen on the above email address or on 01289 302501.