A Rickmansworth man who lost his 44-year-old wife to a rare type of cancer last year is set to walk 150 miles from Birmingham to London dressed as a sunflower, starting on May 15.
Dean Horwood sadly lost his wife Michelle to sarcoma last year and since then has raised nearly £5,000 for Sarcoma UK, a charity which supports anyone affected by sarcoma.
Dean and his friend Jack will walk along the Grand Union, Paddington and Regents canal’s from Birmingham all the way back to London, wild camping along the way with heavy rucksacks.
He told RickyNews: “We have been out and about training with our 16 kilos loaded backpacks in preparation for the walk. People in the area have been so supportive when they see us out and about in our sunflower costumes, the response has been great.”
The pair have made people smile on their training walks, dressed as sunflowers and chatting with residents. Dylan, aged six (pictured) was inspired to donate his pocket money after hearing Dean’s story.
Dean posts regular updates on the Facebook group ‘The Sarcoma 150 – support the walk’ where he remembers Michelle, raises awareness about sarcoma and posts regular walking updates to over 450 members.
Sarcoma UK is a national charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma cancer and campaigns for better treatments. Sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops in the bone and soft tissue. It is difficult to diagnose and one of the hardest to treat.
You can support Dean and Jack’s Sarcoma 150 walk at justgiving.com/fundraising/thesarcoma150