Marathon challenge in aid of cancer

Mark Lewis, left, and Drew Turner training for the Long Walk Home
Mark Lewis, left, and Drew Turner training for the Long Walk Home

The son and brother of a Halifax woman who died of skin cancer are walking 780 miles across England to raise money for research into the disease.

Drew Turner, 22, and Mark Lewis, 48, are walking 26 miles a day for 26 days between August 16 and September 10 – setting off from Land’s End and completing their trek in Halifax.

Rebecca Turner was 27 years old when she found a lump on her back and died just 16 weeks later from skin cancer in 1994.

Towards the end of her fight, Rebecca went blind and could no longer see her son.

Her brother Mark, an organisational development consultant, said: “About 18 months ago, I started thinking about something a bit different that I could do to mark the 20th anniversary to raise money for charities that helped us.

“I had agreed to it before I knew how gruelling it would be.

“My motivation is that I am doing this for my sister. When she died I made a promise to myself that I was going to make the most of every opportunity I got because life is too short,” he said.

The pair aim to raise £26,000 for Cancer Research UK and MacMillan Cancer Support over the next few months.

Mark added: “If you set your mind on something, you can do anything.”

More information about the fundraising is at

The pair would like to thank their sponsors.