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Local Mums don walking gear to help hospital fight cancer

31 Aug 2010 09:42:38

Mums Gillian Headon, 52, and Natalie Rush, 26, recently led 248 people on a mammoth trek to raise cash for Rotherham Hospital.

The duo managed to raisean amazing £11,000 for cancercharities, £3000 of whichwas split between the BreastScreening department, Urologyand the Special Care Baby Unit atRotherham Hospital.

They organised the challenging ten mile hike in memory of their friend and mother Sandra Rush. Sandra worked on the Special Care Baby Unit at Rotherham Hospital but sadly died of breast cancer in 2002.

Gillian said: “What started as a small group of friends organizing a sponsored walk to raise money has now “snowballed” beyond our greatest expectations, with hundreds of men, women and children taking part every time.  We are just two ordinary mums but following the death of a much loved friend and mother from breast cancer, felt we had to do something to raise awareness and funds to help causes in our local community."

“Our aim has always been to put the fun into fundraising. We want to bring the community together to help produce better facilities for the people who need it. We’re pleased to support places like Rotherham Hospital which most of us will rely on for care at some time in our lives.”

Gillian and Natalie recently presented their £3000 donation to the three hospital departments and also donated money to Bluebell Wood Hospice and the Aurora Centre. To date the friends have raised over £65,000 and more than 400 men, women and children have taken part in each of the four events. They are planning their next ‘Rush to Walk’ event in May.

For more information about Rush to Walk or to get involved next year, please visit www.rushtowalk.com


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