A WOMAN is on her marks to start a series of walks in an attempt to raise £5,000 for a cancer charity.
Jayne Booth, of Todmorden, will kick off her fundraising programme next week by taking part in the Two Crosses walk in Tottington.
This will be followed by several other events as Jayne aims to raise lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Support as a thank you for the help they have given to her terminally ill mother.
“My mum has been supported by Macmillan nurses. We decided that we wanted to raise money for them,” she said.
“Not only have they supported my mum, they have suported my dad as well.
“They do end of life care. It’s pretty wonderful what they do.
“You have to be an amazing person to provide that care.”
Jayne and members of her family will be participating in the Todmorden Boundary Walk in May and will be backpacking along Hadrian’s Wall in June.
In between those two events Jayne, who is a Calderdale councillor and a member of Todmorden town council, will travel to Scotland to run the Edinburgh Marathon.
She is also planning to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks in July.
“I do enjoy walking,” she said.
“I have done about 30 marathons including New York and Dublin.”
So far, Jayne and her family have raised £2,000 on her Justgiving page and hope the local community will help them raise more.
“We are asking people if they are prepared to support this cause,” Jayne said.
“Cancer touches so many lives. There’s no cure.
“Your life is on hold as you are waiting for people to die.
“I don’t think we cope very well with that as human beings.
“As a councillor, one of the big issues is care for older people. I think that palliative care is essential really.”
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/jayne-booth.
“If you share it with your friends on Facebook and everybody gives £1, we will raise a lot,” Jayne said.
In addition to her fundraising activities, Jayne will be travelling to Nepal in November with representatives from Macmillan.