FUND-RAISING: Your spirit was heartwarming

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I write in admiration and with thanks to almost 200 people from Rothbury and all over Northumberland who supported a five-mile walk in memory of two local farmers, Paul Aynsley and Ian Robson.

The walk raised vital funds for Cancer Research UK’s work at our Newcastle labs, and for the Great North Air Ambulance.

One in two of us will hear the words, “I’m sorry, it’s cancer”, and just two in four will survive. Survival has doubled in the last 30 years, and Cancer Research UK is working towards the day that all 200 cancers can be cured or managed.

We receive no Government funding towards this vital research – our work relies on every pound raised by our supporters, and our researchers never forget that every bit of kit they pick up in the lab is funded by a walk or a bike ride, a bake sale or marathon.

It was heartwarming to see the community spirit among farmers and friends on such a beautiful day, and to witness the respect and affection for Paul, Ian and their families.

Everyone had a story to share, and the goodwill from people simply walking by put an extra £200-plus in our buckets.

Thank you Rothbury, and especially June Gibson and her helpers Susan, Anne and Kristy, who did so much to make the event a success.

Carolyn Reynolds,

Cancer Research UK Fund-raising Manager, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear