Dani Christian and Cameron Pringle are giving a unique Mother’s Day gift to their mum and godmother respectively – by signing up for the Parish Walk 2021 in aid of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation IOM.
The two local fundraisers have started training for this year’s event to raise awareness of Heather Christian’s ongoing battle with incurable lung cancer and the work of the charity on the island.
Dani said: ‘I’m doing the Parish Walk this year to support my mum Heather who is just amazing – and my shining light. Despite battling the disease, she is always there for me – and is a truly positive person. I decided to celebrate her this Mother’s Day and to raise funds for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation IOM who have been so supportive of her and all our family. I am also raising funds for Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity.
‘I haven’t done it before, so I first thought I’d work up to it slowly, trying some shorter distance walks this year. Then I thought I’d just go for it – so I’m aiming to get to Rushen in my first attempt.’
At 19 miles, that would be a fair step for a first-timer, but undaunted Dani is hoping for valuable tips from her family.
She added: ‘My maternal nan and dad have both taken part in the event. Nan got to Rushen and Dad to just outside Kirk Michael, so they’ll be able to give me some hints and tips. I am also doing the Walk in memory of my late paternal nan, Molly Christian.’
Cameron said: ‘I am delighted to walk alongside Dani this year to support Heather and raise funds for this worthwhile Island charity. Heather is my godmother, my mother’s best friend and a great ambassador for the work of RCLCF IOM – so it was a really easy decision for me to get involved. All participants who sign up will receive a free RCLCF IOM t-shirt and congratulatory certificate. We hope that lots of first time entrants or experienced walkers will join forces with us to raise awareness of the charity this year.’
This year’s Parish Walk is on June 19-20, with the event returning after having to cancel last year.
Heather said: ‘I am very proud that Dani and Cameron have signed up to do the Parish Walk – a lovely Mother’s Day gift indeed. I am very lucky to have such wonderful family and friends, who are unfailingly supportive and encouraging. An incurable cancer diagnosis undoubtedly changes your life and there is a sense of loss over what you can no longer do, as well as uncertainty over the future.
‘However, I try to focus on what I can still do and make the most of every day. I am particularly grateful that there is still so much love, friendship, joy and laughter in my life.’
She added: ‘I hope that lots of people like my daughter and Cameron sign up to do the Parish Walk this year to support the work of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation IOM.
‘The charity really is a fantastic source of information, advice and support for Island patients – they also invest in research to try and combat this terrible disease. Good luck to them both – I hope to be there cheering them on!’
For more information about Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation IOM contact Laura Jones, Community and Events Officer, on 672971.
You can donate to their fundraising here.