Stepping out to help raise money for charity

Families encouraged to take part in the North of England Children's Cancer Research fund (NECCR)'s annual Big Walk.
Families encouraged to take part in the North of England Children's Cancer Research fund (NECCR)'s annual Big Walk.
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Families are being encouraged to step out to help raise money for charity.

As part of Children’s Cancer Awareness Month, the North of England Children’s Cancer Research fund is holding its annual Big Walk, which is limited to 500 places.

Walkers will stroll through the Blagdon Estate in Seaton Burn – one of the north east’s largest private estates which is ordinarily closed to the public.

The Viscount and Viscountess Ridley of Blagdon will open the estate on Saturday, September 19, for Big Walk participants, who will be accompanied by best-selling author Bill Bryson.

Chris Peacock, chairman of the NECCR, said: “The Big Walk is a wonderful event through the beautiful surroundings of the Blagdon Estate.

“We are very fortunate that the Viscount opens up the estate – which is usually closed to the public – for our event each year.

“We’re also looking forward to welcoming Bill Bryson back to the north east, he is a valuable supporter of the work we do and we’re thrilled he’s coming along to take part in this year’s Big Walk.

“As September is annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re hoping people will be especially generous with their donations.

“Although great strides have been made towards better treatments, cancer is still the number one cause of non-accidental death in young children across the UK, and we desperately need more funding into research to find a cure for this terrible disease.”

Entry to the Big Walk is £10 for adults and children under 10 can take part for free.

There is no minimum sponsorship, but all funds will go towards researching better treatments for childhood cancers and could help save the lives of children and young people stricken by the illness.

To find out more or book your place, visit www.childrenscancerwalk.co.uk