Friday, 16 May 2014

Charity Walk to Honour Parents

A blog reader has decided to organised a charity walk around the area with her friend in memory of her Mum and her friend's Dad who both died earlier this year.

22 year old Emma Bushnell's mother died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage on Valentines Day. She was only 53. When Emma heard that someone she had gone to school with, Samantha Williams had lost her dad three weeks ago (his funeral was today), she sent a simple message of understanding and condolence. The two who had not been close friends at school met up and it transpired that Sam's Father had died from exactly the same thing. Emma told the blog:
"We both knew exactly how each other felt, we found ourselves finishing each other's sentences. It was so surreal hearing us both say the exact same things."
The two girls decided to arrange a charity walk together in honour of Emma's Mum, Kay and Sam's Dad, Mick.

They are raising money for the Brain Research Trust Charity which works to get more research funds and donations for neurological conditions and to help survivors who have either brain damage or had a stroke due to a brain illness. There will be an opportunity to make donations on the day or you can donate using the Just Giving page here.

The walk will take place next Saturday (24th May) at 12 midday, starting at the Worcester Park Athletic Club in Green Lane. Emma and Sam will lead the walk up Green Lane past the school and left along the path between the horse paddocks through Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Recreation Ground to Motspur Park via Marina Avenue. The walkers will turn left there at West Barnes Lane and down to Malden Road where they turn left again for the penultimate stretch past the Plough and then the station and left again into Green Lane and back to the Athletic Club again. The whole walk shouldn't take more than an hour and a half.

Emma said that the Brain Research Trust Charity had sent her a charity pack containing balloons and further information about the charity. She will be putting up the balloons outside the Athletic Club in Green Lane so the meeting point is easy to spot! Everyone is welcome - nay, encouraged to go along and take part for Kay and Mick's sake, and as Emma put it: "to help stop anyone else having to go through that."