This is for mum: 46-year-old ready to walk from Bolton to Blackpool for cancer support
A MAN whose mother died from cancer says she will be looking down smiling as he walks from Bolton to Blackpool for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Kieran Kaye, aged 46, lost his mother Patricia, aged 70, to liver cancer on July 20.
Mr Kaye is set to walk from his home in Long Lane, Darcy Lever, today. He is walking to Blackpool with old school friends and members of the New Bury Community Centre Youth Club in Farnworth.
The group will stop off in Freckleton overnight and arrive in Blackpool on Sunday, where they will hold a function at The Rosedale Hotel.
He said: “I can’t wait. I’m itching to get going. I’m sure my mum will be looking down smiling.
“There are loads of good reasons to do this walk — it’s for my mum, it’s helping me raise money, and it’s great exercise.”
Mr Kaye came up with the idea after his mother was treated by a Macmillan nurse in Royal Bolton Hospital.
At his mother’s funeral at St Stephen and All Martyrs’ Church in Lever Bridge, Mr Kaye asked people to donate to the charity, raising £200.
He said: “Macmillan treated my mother with total dignity and respect. They were brilliant.”
Mr Kaye is a member of the Meeting Point, a walking club based in Bolton.
The club was co-founded by Jayne Stringfellow, a school friend of Mr Kaye’s when they were at Castle Hill in Tonge Moor. After hearing Mr Kaye’s planned walk, Ms Stringfellow put a word in to her friend Eddie Birchall, who runs the New Bury Youth Club.
The boys at the youth club subsequently agreed to take part, along with Ms Stringfellow, Mr Birchall, Mr Kaye, and his school friend David Hughes. Mr Kaye’s brother Damien, aged 39, who currently cares for their father, gave full praise to everybody taking part.
The Kaye family are aiming to raise around £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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