Memorial walk was flipping marvellous

WOMEN have flip-flopped all over Felixstowe in memory of a much-loved toddler.

Rebecca Lefort

WOMEN have flip-flopped all over Felixstowe in memory of a much-loved toddler.

Harry Porter died ten years ago from a rare cancer, neuroblastoma, when he was just 22-months-old.

Since then his mum, Angela, and dad, Dean, of Victoria Street, Felixstowe, have raised thousands of pounds for the Neuroblastoma Society.

On Saturday the latest fundraising effort saw dozens of ladies trek around the town in the uncomfortable footwear.

Mrs Porter, 43, said: “I still think about Harry a lot, especially as it is the tenth anniversary of when he died this year.

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“I don't think we'll ever stop raising money because there are other families going through what we did.

“We've done various events over the last ten years and raised a lot. We've done discos and most of them raised £1,000 each.

“My husband did the marathon and I did it two years ago too.

“The walk was great fun and we collected about £280 from donations as well as the money we'll get from sponsorship.”

Mrs Porter's sister-in-law, Sandra Porter, who helped arrange the walk around the town, said: “We stopped at pubs along the way to make if fun because if it's fun people are more likely to participate.

“People moan about walking in flip-flops and it is hard work; we all had blisters at the end.”

- Have you taken on a challenge for a good cause? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail

Fastfacts: Neuroblastoma

- A neuroblastoma is a malignant (cancerous) tumour which develops in the nerve cells of children.

- Less than 100 children develop neuroblastoma in the UK each year.

- It is most common in children under the age of five and is slightly more common in boys than girls.

- There is no known cause of neuroblastoma.

- There is no genetic tendency or increased risk for brothers or sisters of sufferers.