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Meet the Kent-based walkers determined to stomp out ovarian cancer

08 October 2020

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This year, The Pinecone Walkers are celebrating ten whole years of fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Action. With a lot of support from family and friends, the team have so far raised a staggering £29,435 in memory of Grant’s wife, Barbara.

Barbara Crayden died of ovarian cancer on 28th March 2010, aged just 63. Her husband Grant, of The Pinecone Walkers, said: “We will never forget Barbara as she was a very special person who touched so many lives. It was my privilege to be her husband. In a tribute to Barbara I have decided, with the help of our family and friends, to raise £30,000 pounds. Her name is on the Tribute Wall at the Ovarian Cancer Research Centre. You can help this worthy organisation by making donations to Ovarian Cancer Action who raise awareness, provide support and fund research.”

For over a decade the Pinecone Walkers have traced the North Kent Coast, putting the world to rights and talking about days gone past. Together in their teal Ovarian Cancer Action t-shirts, the Walkers have had many a conversation with passers-by about what they are doing, raising awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and explaining why it is vital we fund research into the disease.

The Pinecone Walkers consist of: Peter Clements, Diane Clements, Grant Crayden, Terry Burton, Pat Austin, Derick and Terri Thom and Janet Newman, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Alongside organising a decade of sponsored walks, The Pinecone Walkers have also held quiz nights, boot fairs, raffles and jumble sales.

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Emily Legg, Head of Fundraising at Ovarian Cancer Action, said: “The Pinecone Walkers are an inspiration to all of us here at Ovarian Cancer Action. Their fundraising enables our scientists to understand how we can diagnose ovarian cancer early, treat it effectively and help women survive this difficult disease. We cannot do what we do without their support, so thank you to the Walkers and everyone who has dug deep in their pockets to support them!”

The Pinecone Walkers unwavering support has enabled Ovarian Cancer Action to fund multi-year research projects that will improve ovarian cancer treatments and, in turn, survival.

Regular fundraising provides us with a predictable income so we can commit to funding more research, providing hope for women living with ovarian cancer today and in the future.

Could you pledge £5 a month to fund life saving research?