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March 22, 2009

Events industry pancreatic cancer fundraisers to target Hadrian’s Wall

A charity walk following the route of Hadrian’s Wall will be undertaken in May by friends of freelance logistics manager Howard Kerr, who died last year of pancreatic cancer.

Following his diagnosis, Kerr embarked on a series of activities with the aim of raising awareness and providing funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, and specifically for sponsoring ongoing research. In April 2008, even while battling against his illness, Kerr, accompanied by 12 industry colleagues, walked the Ridgeway, an ancient track running from Hertfordshire to Wiltshire.

Kerr lost his personal fight against Pancreatic Cancer last August, but his brother-in-law Nick Grecian, managing director of events crewing firm Gallowglass, has taken up the challenge for 2009 on Howard’s behalf, with friends and supporters who had joined the original walk.

“Last year’s fundraising activities raised in excess of £80,000, which was used to create a PhD Studentship Award,” said Grecian. “This funded a student working at Barts Hospital’s Institute of Cancer.  Our goal for 2009 is to raise the funds to maintain that award for another year.”

On 1-4 May, the 85 mile Howards Way Walk will start from Wall’s End in Newcastle and continue to Bowness-on-Solway. It is expected that 20 walkers will cover the distance over four days with three nights’ rest – posing a considerable challenge, as the usual duration of the coast-to-coast trek is six days.

Full information about this year’s Howards Way Walk, including how to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund through Justgiving, can be found at HowardsWayWalk.co.uk.

Click here to watch last year's inspirational inaugural walk.

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