Sponsored walk to honour mum with cancer

Dozens of babies, toddlers and parents are taking part in a sponsored walk in Pelsall this Friday to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The walk has been organised to honour local mum, Sharon Tyler, who is receiving treatment in the nearby St Giles Walsall Hospice, Goscote, for cancer.

Sharon, aged 34, of Walsall Road, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November last year and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The mum to 20-month-old James completed the Race for Life at Walsall Arboretum in June, just weeks after being given the all-clear, but two months later, the cancer was found to have spread to her bones and lungs.

Her husband Steve, an accountant at Heart of England NHS Trust, said because James goes to a number of playgroups, there will be lots of people taking part in the sponsored toddle.

People are expected from Pelsall Evangelical Church playgroup, Sure Start Children’s Centre in Pelsall, St Thomas’s Church playgroup in Aldridge, St James’s Church playgroup in Walsall Wood, as well as regulars at the Old House at Home pub.

Anyone is invited to take part in the event on Friday, October 28. You can meet outside the library (the former Neighbourhood Office) at 10am for a 10.30am start.

Walkers will walk up to the Old House at Home pub, down to the duck pond and back up again to the play area.

The town’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Graham Wilkes, and Deputy Mayoress Janet Wilkes, will present medals to all the children taking part.

“We’re expecting quite a few people to come,” says Steve, who is 40 on Saturday. “People can also turn on the day: the more, the merrier.”

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