Family walk in memory of Mum at special Christie event

Press release posted 04 September 2015

The Cox family from Cheadle Heath in Stockport will be walking The Christie's 'Walk of Hope' in memory of their Mum, Sandra.

Sandra, who sadly passed away in 2013, was treated at The Christie after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.

Her son, Stuart Cox, 39, said: "My Mum was an amazing person, and the family were devastated when we lost her. The treatment she received at The Christie was incredible and the family wanted to honour her memory and give something back to the amazing hospital where she was treated.

"Mum passed away in August 2013 and the Walk of Hope took place shortly after and was the first time the family fundraised for The Christie. It was an event the whole family could be involved in, and that year I walked, along with my wife and son, my father, my sister and my brother in law.

"The grief was very fresh for me. But writing my mum's name on a pebble and throwing it into the Mere was one of the most moving moments of my life. I'll never forget it.

"The walk is an opportunity to remember mum, and to talk to other people who have been through the same thing. It's such a lovely atmosphere, and it was a fitting way to say goodbye to such a special person."

The Walk of Hope on 19th September is a 10k walk through the grounds of Tatton Park. It honours the courage of those battling cancer and those who have lost the fight. It's a chance to say thank you for the care and treatment received, to celebrate with survivors and to raise vital funds for The Christie

The event begins with the launch of the doves of peace and midway through the walk there is a moment for reflection, as loved ones have the opportunity to throw a pebble with the name of the person they are taking part in honour of into Tatton Mere.

Stuart continued: "My mum was looked after by The Christie for 12 months before she died. The family could see the vital work the hospital does and the amazing services provided. The Walk of Hope in 2014 was just the start of the fundraising we have done as a family. I had previously done the parachute jump in April 2013, my wife has organised tombolas, raffles and arranged collection buckets where she works. I even got the scout group where we both volunteer to join us in an incredible event where we climbed the height of Mount Everest on a climbing wall, all within 24 hours. My sister and her husband also completed the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride this year cycling the 63 miles course. All in all, the family has raised nearly £10,000 for The Christie.

Along with my family, my wife's sister, husband and daughter will also be joining in this year's Walk of Hope."

Sporting events manager at The Christie charity, Emma Tilley, said: "We're so sorry for the loss the Cox family has been through, and so grateful that they have chosen to honour and remember their mum in this way.

"The event is always emotional and uplifting and helps us raise vital funds for this important cause. If anyone else would like to join us at this special event please contact our charity on 0161 446 3400 or visit www.christies.org/walkofhope."

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who helped raise £13.3m last year.

You can support Team Cox at their Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/team-cox

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