A UTTOXETER mother-of-two is set to hold a walk to raise vital funds for a cancer charity after losing both of her parents to the ‘worse, most horrible illness you could ever get’.
Debbie Whiston, of Badgery Close, will be joined by 26 of her family and friends for the walk from Rugeley Trent Valley Railway Station to the Yorkshireman pub on October 6 in a bid to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Among those joining her on the Rugeley to Colton circular walk will be her husband Adrian and two children, and participants range from as young as three to 65.
Mrs Whiston decided she wanted to give something back to the charity after losing her mother to lung cancer at 61 in April 2003 and her father to stomach cancer which then spread to other parts of his body in 2008 when he was 68.
The 43-year-old said: “I was all over the place when I lost my parents and I didn’t know what to do. The Macmillan nurses cooked, cleaned and were there to talk to. They supported me and my family.
“Macmillan spreads the money where it is best needed but a big chunk of it goes to the nurses to enable them to come out to the home and be there in the last few days.
“I would not have coped twice without those nurses.
“They are so experienced that they practically know when it is time so you don’t miss those vital few moments.
“For the work they do they deserve every bit of support.
“I know a lot of other people who have lost someone to cancer and while we were on holiday in July one of our friends lost their dad and it brought it all to the forefront.”
Mrs Whiston decided a walk would be the ideal way of raising money as it is a hobby she has always enjoyed with her husband.
After deciding on all the details, she put a message on Facebook asking if anyone would like to join them and was left surprised by the response.
Mrs Whiston added: “The response was quite overwhelming. I thought only around half a dozen people would be interested but more people kept replying saying they want to get involved.
“We thought it would be only friends and family but then also friends of the family got involved. It has become fairly big.
“We want to raise money for Macmillan as they do such an amazing job. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. It is the worse, most horrible illness you could ever get.
“As well as sponsorship we will also be carrying buckets for people to chuck change in as we go round.
“I really want to say that if people think long about the last 10 years they would probably have been in contact with Macmillan in some way or another and the nurses need the money more than anything.
“If you have not been in contact with the nurses then I hope you never will but the work they do is fantastic in helping to support the family and the home.”
Mrs Whiston is also looking for a volunteer from St John Ambulance Service to join the walk to offer any assistance where it is needed.
Others wanting to take part can do so by e-mailing Mrs Whiston at D1969@gmx.com but there is limited time left to get involved.
People wanting to sponsor Mrs Whiston can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Debz-Whiston