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Brothers plan eight mile trek for a worthy cause
7:20am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
YOUNGSTERS from Royal Wootton Bassett are joining the battle against cancer by walking eight miles for Macmillan.
Tyler Liton, five and his brother Finley, three, will walk around the grounds of the Bowood Estate with their mother Aimee, 29, to raise money for the cancer support charity.
Little Tyler wanted to do something after hearing about his grandmother’s friend, Jackie Jordan, being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Aimee said: “Tyler must have overheard our conversation as he piped up that he would really like to help somehow.
“He wanted to do the London to Paris event but we thought that might be a bit much for a five-year-old.
“When we told Jackie, she burst into tears as she was so touched and it reinforced how the boys and I want to do something to help her and other people affected by cancer and raising funds seems like such a worthwhile way of support, we feel we are doing our bit.”
The family hope to raise £150 for the charity by taking part in the Miles for Macmillan walk on Sunday.
Aimee said: “My mum and I had been talking about doing some sort of cycle or walk to raise funds for Cancer Charities due to mum’s friend Jackie being a real inspiration to us since being diagnosed with her breast cancer.
She is still battling her illness and starting a second round of chemotherapy treatment.
“So we looked around on Google and discovered the Bowood Estate Miles For Macmillan walk, which was perfect as both Tyler and his younger brother could join me and afterwards enjoy an afternoon in the park and grounds, if they can stay awake at that point.”
The event is one of nine Miles For Macmillan walks taking place around the UK.
At Bowood there will be a three-mile route as well as the eight miles.
Sarah Elliott, the fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Swindon and Wiltshire said: “Miles For Macmillan is a brilliant day out, in the beautiful setting of Bowood Estate, where you can get together with hundreds of people all walking together to improve the lives of people affected by cancer in the community.
“We also need volunteers to help us on the day, so if you have a few free hours, do come along and join us.“ The walks start at 11am and walkers are challenged to raise £150. There is also a £10 sign up fee.
To sponsor Aimee and the boys visit www.justgiving.com\aimee- litton100. To register for a walk at Bowood call 0300 1000 200 or go to macmillan.org.uk/walks.
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