Hundreds walk for cancer research

A walk around Blagdon Estate to raise both awareness and vital funds for the North East Children's Cancer Research fund (NECCR).
A walk around Blagdon Estate to raise both awareness and vital funds for the North East Children's Cancer Research fund (NECCR).
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Hundreds of people took to the Blagdon Estate at the weekend to raise funds for charity.

Author Bill Bryson welcomed the walkers who took part to raise money for the North East Children’s Cancer Research fund (NECCR). Tony Gilroy, NECCR Event Organiser, opened the gates welcoming 250 walkers to be were led on a six-mile journey around the stunning grounds of one of the largest private estates in the North East of England.

“The Big Walk is in its third year, allowing families and friends to show their support raising awareness for childhood cancer,” he said.

“We would like to thank Lord Ridley for allowing our charity access to the estate for such a great cause.’”

Esteemed author and friend of the charity, Bill Bryson, joined the committed walkers.

“I have been attending the NECCR Big walk for many years, and it was important for me that I attended this year. I was introduced to the charity many years ago by a friend at Durham University whose little boy had Leukaemia and I felt it was important to show my support and raise awareness.

“It is such a great event, the majority of people who attended have been affected by childhood cancer in some way or another. It is fantastic seeing both old and new faces each year.”

The Big Walk raised £4000, all of which will go towards the NECCR.