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Father and daughter's illness motivates firm to organise charity walk

PUBLISHED: 12:48 16 February 2018

A charity walk from Pakefield to Kessingland and back is set to raise money for two cancer charities. Picture: Mike Page

A charity walk from Pakefield to Kessingland and back is set to raise money for two cancer charities. Picture: Mike Page

A popular firm will lead a charity walk and beach clean after a difficult period in which two staff members from the same family were affected by cancer.

The walk was organised by Drives 4 U Ltd after two of their staff members were affected by cancer. Picture: Mike PageThe walk was organised by Drives 4 U Ltd after two of their staff members were affected by cancer. Picture: Mike Page

Taking place tomorrow from 10am (Saturday, February 17), Drives 4 U Ltd are inviting the public to participate in a walk from The Jolly Sailors pub in Pakefield to the Kessingland sluice and back. The walk is around seven miles long and is expected to take about three hours.

The firm decided to raise money for Myeloma UK and The Big C after two members of the same family - both of whom have worked for Drives 4 U - were hit by cancer.

Michael Smithson was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, meaning he has had to undergo radiotherapy, chemotherapy and an operation which saw his left hip rebuilt after the cancer affected the bone.

His daughter, Chloe Smithson, is currently undergoing chemotherapy having been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “We would encourage anybody to join the walk, even if it is just for a bit of exercise.

“We appreciate that there are so many people suffering from various forms of cancer and, with a sponsored walk, we can have a bit of fun, exercise, and raise money for deserving charities.

There will be a number of collection tins at The Jolly Sailors in order for participants to donate to the charities.

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