Family and friends of 14-year-old cancer victim Angus Rowland are celebrating after achieving a £100,000 landmark.
More than 400 people joined the third Angus Rowland Forgetmenot Walk organised by Angus’s parents, Elizabeth and Jonathan, and brother, Edward.
Supporting them were the parents of two other teenage cancer victims: Digby Davidson, 15, from Haywards Heath, who had leukaemia, and Adam Green from Burgess Hill, who died of a brain tumour, also aged 15.
Angus’s family, from Staplefield, said never in their wildest dreams did they image they would achieve their £100,000 target to fund research into the teenage leukaemia that claimed Angus’s life in May 2011.
Elizabeth said: “We would like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way. We have enjoyed tremendous support from friends, family, work colleagues, local schools and our village community who have all helped with our fundraising. We are very grateful to them all for helping make this possible.”
She added: “The horrible thing with what Angus went through was they couldn’t do anything for him and we had six months of just sitting around and feeling powerless. It has been nice to put some of that energy to good use and, hopefully, finding some help for other teenagers and their families so they don’t have to go through what we did.”
Elizabeth said direct online donations to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research mean their £100,000 target has now been achieved and exceeded.
Angus’s father, Jonathan, said: “It was great to see so many people here, especially the number of teenagers, who turned up to walk, making it a wonderful day with lots of happy faces and special memories.
“Angus’s friends were all here to join us in an inspiring, poignant and emotional walk. They have been a great comfort to us over the last two years since losing Angus.”
The walk saw runners and dogs joining the fun with homemade cakes, sausage rolls and drinks along the way.
The family’s fundraising page can be viewed at http://www.justgiving.com/Angus-Mailey-Rowland while the Angus Rowland Forgetmenot Fund can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AngusRowlandFMNFund