Megan’s fight inspires cancer charity walk

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A Belper couple have helped raise more than £6,500 for a children’s cancer charity after their daughter was diagnosed with the disease.

Julian and Andrea Darke walked 36 miles across the Heritage Way at the weekend along with five other friends, from Belper to fund research after their five-year-old daughter Megan was diagnosed with cancer in her spine in 2011.

Following two operations and treatment, Megan is now in remission, but her parents said the last two years have opened our eyes to the world of childhood cancer.

Now, they have been sponsored by dozens of generous families from Belper and elsewhere to take on a trek from Ladybower Reservoir to Belper, ending at the Devonshire Arms on Bridge Street.

Julian, aged 51, from Mount Pleasant Drive, said: “In 2011 our lives changed when our five-year-old daughter Megan was diagnosed with cancer in her spine.

“The last two years have opened our eyes to the world of childhood cancer.

“We have been truly inspired by many amazing children (including Megan!) going through tough times with immense grace and bravery.

“With more research and awareness of childhood cancer fewer kids would need to be on this journey.”

Friends walking with the couple were Janine and Stuart Derbyshire, Sally and Tim Boursnell, Sue and John Wimbush.

Children from each of the families taking part also joined in the start of the walk and met up with parents along the route.

The Heritage Way walk was set-up in 2003, running from Ladybower Reservoir in the north, through some of the area’s richest natural landscape and industrial heritage, to Derwent Mouth.

All money raised from the walk will be donated to fund projects carried out by Children with Cancer UK

To donate to the fundraising effort log-on to www.justgiving.com/kidscancer