Step it out for cancer

TWO fundraisers are urging walkers to come forward to help the fight against cancer in Suffolk.The May 11 circular walk from Akenham near Ipswich has been organised by former breast cancer patients Jose Hall and Jenny Knight who believe early screening and diagnosis saved their lives.

TWO fundraisers are urging walkers to come forward to help the fight against cancer in Suffolk.

The May 11 circular walk from Akenham near Ipswich has been organised by former breast cancer patients Jose Hall and Jenny Knight who believe early screening and diagnosis saved their lives.

A total of £250,000 is needed to provide a mobile cancer information unit which would travel into Suffolk villages to offer help and advice to anyone concerned about any aspect of cancer.

Mrs Hall of Rise Hall, Akenham, said: “I was diagnosed ten years ago through screening.


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“Seven years later I got breast cancer back for the second time and then I got it back for the third time despite having a double mastectomy.

“It is so important that people are aware of the screening service and receive as much information as possible.”

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Mrs Knight of Dryden Road, Ipswich said she had first met Mrs Hall 50 years ago.

They met up again years later and were then thrown together when Mrs Knight was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She said: “You just hear that word cancer and you think that's it, its curtains, but it was not curtains for us.”

Mrs Knight said about 40 people had already registered to take part in the walk but it is hoped dozens more will join.

Those wishing to take part in the Whit Sunday walk on May 11 should register at Rise Hall Farm, Akenham, IP1 6PQ at 10am for an 11am start. The walk will take around an hour and a half.

The route will take walkers along footpaths and bridleways to Claydon before returning to Akenham for light refreshments and a raffle.

All proceeds from the £10 registration fee, optional sponsorship and raffle, will go towards the Cancer Campaign in Suffolk's Mobile Cancer Information Unit.

Mrs Hall and Mrs Knight would like to thank all local sponsors for their support.

For early registration or for more information please contact Mrs Knight on 01473 748322 or Mrs Hall on 01473 741008.

Mobile Cancer Information Unit facts: £250,000 needs to be raised and will mark Cancer Campaign in Suffolk's 10th anniversary.

The unit will visit villages, schools, sport centres and clubs. It will be staffed by registered professionals, volunteers and complimentary therapists. The unit will be equipped with information about all types of cancers.

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