Thursday, 8 September 2011

Marie Curie Cancer Care Walk 10 at Boughton

Over the weekend I agreed to act as official photographer for the Walk 10 event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. This took place in the grounds of Boughton House, Northamptonshire home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry .

Walk 10 is a sponsored evening walk, 10 kilometres usually around the grounds/estate of a stately home. It culminates in an evening of entertainment/picnic and a firework display at 10pm to coincide with the start of the night shift for Marie Curie nurses who care for terminally ill people in their own homes free of charge.

Warming up

We were very lucky in that, although the day started cloudy, by the time we had the tents set out for registration, and selling Marie Curie Cancer Care merchandise as well as Ice creams, coffee and tea, and a hog roast, the sky had cleared and the day was warm.

All ages participated

Over 360 people registered for the walk, all ages and after collecting their T shirts and goody bags with drinks, snacks, torch and poncho (in case of rain), they warmed up and set off at 7.30pm.

Watching the great phalanx of people in matching T shirts mounting the first hill and making their way across the estate and down the great rides was inspirational but seeing the triumph in their faces as they finished the 10km was great.

As everyone settled down with their picnics in what turned out to be a balmy evening to listen to the band, they became a community united by their remembrance of their loved ones and the great feeling of having helped Marie Curie Cancer Care provide essential nursing for yet more people.
Memorial lanterns
Well worth celebrating with fireworks.

If you think Walk 10 is a good idea and you would like to take part, go to and find one in your area.

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