Walking their way to a big boost for cancer charity

A GROUP of friends in a local community group is celebrating a successful fight against cancer by one of them by raising funds for a leading charity during September.

Members of the Friends of Hardie Park in Stanford-le-Hope, which has enjoyed the support and fundraising help from two of the town's local Co-op stores, have set a fundraising target of £2,500 for Bowel Cancer UK.

Alex Miller, Gill Miller, Kate Jupitus and Rob and Mandie Groves are walking five kilometres each day in September for the charity.

They were inspired to do so after it was confirmed that Alex has beaten the disease.

Ron explained: "Walking 5k every day in September will be a challenge for us!

"We all have busy lives and families, but we are determined to do it for this cause.

"In 2019, Alex was diagnosed with bowel cancer but, after treatment, he made a superb recovery. We wanted to raise awareness and money for this charity.

“Please donate as we are so very grateful Alex is here and walking with us daily too."

The group has already raised £1,095 towards its target.

You can support the group's appeal via their Just Giving page.

Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity which funds targeted research, provides expert information and support to patients and their families, educates the public and professionals about the disease, and campaigns for early diagnosis and access to the best treatment and care.

The Friends of Hardie Park is supported by the Stanford-le-Hope High Street and Corringham Gardner Avenue Co-op branches.

Dan Bloomfield, manager at Gardner Avenue, said: "We are pleased to support Hardie Park which does so much for the local community and its well-being, and it is great to see the Friends also doing their best to support other great causes. We wish them well with the challenge."

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