Lechlade Fundraiser Laces up her Boots in aid of Cancer Research Uk

21st September 2018

A Lechlade woman is getting into gear to walk the entire length of the Thames Path and its London extension on her own to raise money for Cancer Research UK, in memory of a much-loved local GP.
On 10th September Clare E Youngs, 37, will set out on the 196-mile journey from Crayford Marshes and walk the 10-mile extension west to the Thames Flood Barrier. There she will begin 186-mile Thames Path National Trail following the river to its source at Thames Head, Gloucestershire. She is planning to walk 15 to 20 miles per day, carrying all her hiking and camping gear with her, to complete the route unassisted in 14 days.

Clare, who grew up in Lechlade but now lives in London, is attempting the challenge in memory of Dr Ian Thomson, her GP since she was a child as well as serving as her school doctor. He and his family supported Cancer Research UK. Dr Thomson was diagnosed with a brain tumour shortly before he was due to retire and passed away while he was still in service.

Clare said: “He took fantastic care of my family and was greatly admired and respected in Lechlade. I wanted to come up with a way to show my affection for Dr Thomson, that Lechlade residents and former patients had an opportunity to support.  I thought an active challenge was the way forward.”

But the path wasn’t always smooth, Clare explained: “Originally I planned a parachute jump but I was too heavy to meet the safety restrictions. I started walking and going to the gym to lose weight. Dr Thomson worked so hard for his patients’ health and happiness and, while the challenge will take longer, my wellbeing has benefitted so much from the process. The challenge just seems the appropriate tribute.”

Clare hopes to raise around £1000 for life-saving research to help more men, women and children in the Cotswolds and across the UK survive the disease.
You can sponsor her fundraising efforts at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/clares-giving-page-2169

and follow her progress  at https://www.instagram.com/sea_to_source, where she will provide regular updates.
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit cruk.org

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