Brother walks coast to coast to fight cancer

Mark Lewis, of Halifax, is walking 190-miles in a coast to coast challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK
Mark Lewis, of Halifax, is walking 190-miles in a coast to coast challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK

A brother is walking from coast to coast in memory of his sister who lost her life to cancer.

Halifax fundraiser Mark Lewis, 49, is walking 190-miles from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire, in ten days to raise money for Cancer Research UK after losing his sister Rebecca Turner, pictured, to skin cancer when she was aged just 27, 20-years-ago.

Mark set off on his coast to coast ten day challenge today.

Last year, Mark and Rebecca’s son Drew Turner, 22, embarked on a epci walking challenge; walking 676-miles from Land’s End to their Halifax home.

Speaking about the Irish Sea to North Sea challenge, Mark said: “This year, I’m taking on a more sedate challenge, and given the amazing support of friends, families and colleagues last year I have a significantly reduced fundraising target. The money I raise will still be making a vital contribution towards life-saving research but it’s much more about awareness and keeping the need for research and the importance of early diagnosis at the forefront of people’s minds.”

Mark’s aim is to raise £500 in donations to fund life-saving research.

Lynne Desborough, Cancer Research UK’s local fundraising manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Mark has decided to attempt another great challenge to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

“Following in the footsteps of one of the greatest explorers, Alfred Wainwright, we’re sure Mark will have an amazing experience. We can’t thank him enough for his continued support and wish him the very best.”

To donate see www.justgiving.com/marklewisc2c