Chris calls on community to don their walking boots for Macmillan

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A Sutton man, who is undertaking a walk for Macmillan Cancer Support, is urging members of the community to get involved in the challenge.

The Miles for Macmillan walk takes place on 7th September at Clumber Park and walkers are being invited to tackle a three or eight-mile route.

Chris decided to take part in last year’s event after he lost his own father to cancer.

He said: “You get to a certain age and know you want to help by doing a challenge.

“I lost my dad to cancer and mates have lost their dads and mam’s and I know other people who have cancer too.

“I lost my dad 15 years ago and as soon as you lose your dad, things start to change.

“Your family doesn’t feel as strong and I lost my role model.

“I used to take time off to go with him to hospital, and I knew when it wasn’t to be long. Losing my father crucified me.”

Chris had seen the walk advertised at his snooker club last year and as it was while since he’d raised funds for charity he decided to sign up.

Within two weeks he had raised over £1,000, by asking people he knew to sponsor him - and he says he was not surprised by the response he got.

“When I asked people, they wanted to support,” he said.

“Everyone knew someone with cancer and knew it was for a good cause.”

Chris is also a keen cyclist who does not own his own car so he decided to challenge himself further by cycling to the event.

Describing how he felt when he arrived, he said: “I was really up for it - I didn’t expect it to be such a big occasion. It was so popular and so many people were there.

“Afterwards I soaked up the atmosphere - it was a good atmosphere and everyone was giving off the same vibe of doing something brilliant and for a good cause.”

And describing how he felt afterwards, he added: “It’s hard to put into words how you feel - it chokes you up, you know you’ve done something, and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve raised pennies or pounds, it all adds up.

“I’ve got the bug, it was a brilliant day out and the feeling you get after doing it; it’s a good feeling.”

The walk at Clumber Park starts at 11am and the entry fee is £10. Dogs are welcome and the three-mile route is also suitable for children in pushchairs.

To register for your sponsorship kit, or for further information, visit www.Macmillan.org.uk/miles, call 0300 1000 200 or text ‘Walk26’ to 70550.