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Mellis mum hopes walk will fund vital research

Judith Battersby (left) and Sara Smith will embark on a 100-mile walk to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, ANL-140429-104238001

Judith Battersby (left) and Sara Smith will embark on a 100-mile walk to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, ANL-140429-104238001

A Mellis mother is walking more than 100 miles for charity for research which she believes saved her son’s life.

Sara Smith, who works in the Diss branch of estate agents Parsons, is embarking on the trek for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Her son Will, now 20, was diagnosed with the form of blood cancer as a 13-year-old. Following a bone marrow transplant from a donor - his younger brother, Henry, now 17 - he has been in the all clear from the disease for five years.

According to his mother, Will is now “fit and healthy,” “living life to the full,” and working in farming - something he “has always wanted to do.”

She is aiming to raise £2,000, which would be enough to fund a researcher for two days.

“The figures of survival now because of the work they do has gone up so much,” she explained. “If they had not done the research there is a good chance Will would not be here today.”

Mrs Smith will be joined by fellow Mellis resident, and good friend, Judith Battersby. Having started at Knettishall Heath yesterday, they will along the Peddars Way Walk and Norfolk Coastal Path, and hope to finish at Cromer Pier on Monday, sometime in the afternoon. The pair have been training since the Autumn of last year.

“We have been training through all the rubbish weather. Hopefully we will get some nice weather by the end of the week.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/SaraandJudith-BigWalk.

To join them on part of their walk email Sara at sara@tecova.com

 

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