The Great Western Dog Walk and Fun Dog Show on Saturday 5th October will take in the beautiful scenery along the beach from Marazion to Penzance. The event, organised by Derek Thomas MP, is raising vital funds for two charities - Brain Tumour Support and Brain Tumour Research.
“I have been chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Brain Tumours since 2017. In order to gain an understanding of the need for support for brain tumour patients, we have heard evidence from so many amazing people about how brain tumours affect their lives and the lives of everyone around them,” said Derek Thomas. “It is clear that there is a need for more research but, from the evidence I heard, there is also an urgent need for more support for people affected by a brain tumour diagnosis. This is why I am supporting these charities with this dog walk and fun dog show.”
Many of those taking part in this year’s walk have been affected by a brain tumour diagnosis. Ellen Yates lives near Redruth, but grew up in Penzance. She regularly attends a Brain Tumour Support Group in Truro that is run by Brain Tumour Support. Ellen took part in last year’s Great Western Dog Walk and will be there again this year.
She said: “I quite often used to walk along the beach when I was younger but now, having a brain tumour and balance issues, it was a lot more difficult. But I was determined to do it and managed to walk the whole way with the help of my stick and lots of rest stops. At the end of it I was so glad to sit down and munch on my well-deserved pasty and cuppa! It took me three days to recover – fatigue is a big issue for anyone with a brain tumour. Walking used to be something I didn’t have to think about; now I have to think about every step and at times it feels as if I am walking on sponge.”
Registration and easy access parking is at Folly Field, Marazion, from 12noon. The fun dog show starts at 1pm and the walk starts at 3pm. Entry fee £6 per adult. The entry fee includes a pasty and drink at the finish, and a goody bag for every dog. Free return travel is available from Penzance back to Marazion.
Bandanas (for dogs or humans) will also be available on the day for a suggested donation of £2.50 or you can get your bandanas in advance from the Brain Tumour Support website
The event is kindly supported by Great Western Railway, St Aubin Estates and the Rotary Club of Penwith.