Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Charity walkers on starter's orders

MORE than 100 fundraisers will be tackling a 21-mile walk along the canal from Devizes to Bath in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal charity for the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

The Vanessa Kyte Canal Walk, which takes place tomorrow, is in memory of Vanessa Kyte, one of the Appeal's fundraisers who lost her life to cancer in November 2007.

Vanessa's family and friends have decided to follow in her footsteps and together raise funds for state-of-the-art medical equipment for the Cancer Unit at the RUH.

The walkers will be joined on the day by a team of families with their babies and buggies and up to 20 canoeists, who have chosen to raise funds for the Appeal's NICU space to grow' Campaign - in aid of premature babies.

They will be setting off from Devizes Wharf at 9am and will be joined by Cllr Jane Burton, Mayor of Devizes.

The walk will then pass through Bradford on Avon at lunch time and finish at Queen's Square in Bath.

Vanessa Kyte raised more than £100,000 for various local and national charities following her diagnosis with breast cancer in 2000.

Her sister Nic Noble, from Warminster, said: "I'm really hoping for good weather on Saturday and I'm so pleased to hear that there are so many people joining us along the route.

"I can't wait to meet lots of new faces and have some really good chats with everyone who is joining together on this one day to support their local hospital."

By Wiltshire Times

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