Boots staff are stepping up with Ben Nevis walk

Julie Mallows is taking part in a charity walk up Ben Nevis for MacMillian, along with Anabel Marshall, son Ben and girlfriend Marie

Pictured: Julie Mallows and Anabel Marshall ANL-161105-172421009
Julie Mallows is taking part in a charity walk up Ben Nevis for MacMillian, along with Anabel Marshall, son Ben and girlfriend Marie Pictured: Julie Mallows and Anabel Marshall ANL-161105-172421009
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Four Boots employees will be stepping up their efforts to support a cancer charity with a walk up Ben Nevis in August.

Roydon resident Julie Mallows, who has worked at the Diss branch for 30 years, will walk alongside son Ben, his girlfriend Marie Harris, and store manager Annabel Marshall up Ben Nevis on August 13.

Ben Mallows and Marie Harris. ANL-161205-113011001

Ben Mallows and Marie Harris. ANL-161205-113011001

Boots will match donations made to the cause — the total currently stands at £1,300 — with funds being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The challenge and fundraising effort has so far been a family affair. Mrs Mallows’ other son, Zac, has contributed by selling cakes at remote control car racing meets and decorated his vehicle in Macmillan colours, while her mother Jean Oxford has baked cakes and helped sell them at the Diss store.

But four members of Mrs Mallows’ family have lost their lives to cancer — aunts Ann Ruff and Linda Eames, and grandparents Stephen and Minnie Overy.

“My boss asked us if anyone fancied taking part in a charity walk, and then she told me it was up Ben Nevis,” she told the Diss Express.

I am really excited about it. I am extremely unfit so I am a little dubious about how I am going to manage it but I am up for the challenge

Julie Mallows

“I am really excited about it. I am extremely unfit so I am a little dubious about how I am going to manage it but I am up for the challenge.

“It gives me an incentive to do something.

“Over the last five years, I have lost both of my aunts.

“There is quite a strong family link. This just seems like a really good thing to do.”

The cause is also close to the heart of Ms Marshall — her father is currently undergoing cancer treatment.

Mrs Mallows, 47, said training had begun. The exercise bike is in the living room, while she has also been going out to Gorleston to take on the slopes and steps along the sea front. The walk will begin at 11pm — meaning they will take on the challenge overnight.

Macmillian will also send out their own training plan to help those taking part.

“To be honest with you, I would be thrilled to raise lots of money for Macmillan,” she added.

“We have got to get to £375, that was the target we were all set for Macmillan but I now want to raise as much as I can.

“I would love to be able to say we raised £4,000. That would be great.

“We are going to keep going with fundraising up until the big day. Then we have just got to do it!”

To sponsor Juliet, visit ht tps://www.justgiving.com/fun draising/Julie-Mallows. A donation pot is also located at the dispensary in Boots, Diss

For more information on Macmillan visit www.macmil lan.org.uk

n The next fundraising cake sale at the Boots branch in Diss is on June 3.