Two Burnley schoolboys who lost their beloved grandma to lung cancer last year will take part in a sponsored walk later this summer to fund-raise in her memory.
Caine Hoyle and his younger brother Pharrel will join children and their parents from across town for the Pendleside Hospice’s Little Hospice Heroes event in Towneley Park on August 24th.
Along with their mum Kelly Newman, who came up with the idea for the event last year, they will be walking as a tribute to their grandma Sandra Newman. Sandra took part in last year’s event but died shortly afterwards.
Kelly, who works as a domestic for St Peter’s Medical Centre, said: “The reason we all wanted to raise money for a good cause was because last year my mum, Sandra Newman, was diagnosed with lung cancer and received care from Pendleside Hospice during her treatment.
“Shortly after last year’s Little Hospice Heroes event, my mum sadly passed away and so we will be doing the walk in her memory this time.
“The hospice also provided fantastic support to my dad, David Newman, and family after mum passed away so we wanted to give something back.
“It took lots of hard work organising the event last year and so we are delighted that because it was so successful, it is to become one of Pendleside Hospice’s annual events with around 500 families walking this year.
“We are really looking forward to the day even though it will be very emotional for us without my mum being there but we have a great family who have got each other to support.
“We were so pleased with the money raised last year and we are busy gaining sponsorship hoping to beat last year’s amount.”
Caine (12), who is a pupil at Hameldon Community College, added: “My mum is always fund-raising for good causes and taking part challenges like a sky dive or a 40-mile walk.
“Pharrel and I wanted to follow in her footsteps and start our own fund-raising.”
Last year’s walk raised around £6,000 for the hospice and organisers hope this year’s three-mile event will collect even more cash.
The fully marshalled walk will start at 11am with registration opening at 9-30am in a hospice marquee near the playground.
To register online visit www.pendleside.org.uk/Little-Hospice-Heroes or call the fund-raising team on 01282 440120 to register and make a payment of £5 per child.