A man who lost his wife to ovarian cancer is walking 195 miles to raise money for charity.
Malcolm Heyes, branch manager at Conlons opticians in Morecambe started walking near Carlisle yesterday, Monday, and will finish in Silverdale in two weeks time.
He has already passed the £1000 milestone for funds raised and plans to raise a lot more.
Malcolm said: “I wanted to mark the tenth anniversary of my wife Denise’s death due to ovarian cancer but I also wanted to raise money for ladies being treated now for the disease.
“I wanted to increase their chances of survival now. The Ovarian Cancer charity is aiming to raise £10 million for a research centre at The Imperial College, London, which will be the first centre dedicated to researching ovarian cancer.”
Malcolm will be walking between 14 and 18 miles a day along the Cumbria coastal way and will be joined by various friends and colleagues along sections of the route.
Malcolm said: “I just want to raise awareness of the disease and that ladies shouldn’t ignore the symptoms before its too late.
“Denise was only 47 when she died.
“I want future Malcolm and Denise’s to stay together.”
Malcolm, 58, will be updating his Facebook page with photos and videos along his journey.
Conlons Opticians have already donated £200 to the charity.
John Welsby, managing director for Conlons Opticians said: “We would like to wish Malcolm lots of luck with the walk and we hope the weather will be kind to him so he can enjoy the beautiful views that the walk has to offer.
“I also hope to join him for a small part of the walk as do some of his colleagues at Conlons.”
Malcolm said: “I would like to give my sincere thanks to everyone who has already donated to my appeal for their kindness and support and also to my employers, Conlon & Sons Ltd for the compassion and understanding they have shown me, not only in this endeavour, but also over the past ten years and during Denise’s illness.”
Donations can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/blackbirdwalk or via cheque payable to Ovarian Cancer Action, which can be sent to Conlons Opticians, 20/22 Euston Road, Morecambe or any branch of Conlons.
On Facebook search for Malcolm’s Blackbird walk/Cumbria Coastal Way to look at Malcolm’s updates.
For more information about ovarian cancer, visit www.ovarian.org.uk/about-ovarian-cancer.