Sunday October 4 turned out to be a beautiful sunny morning in stark contrast to the heavy rain the day before.
300 people, and as many dogs, registered to take part in the Angus Rowland ForgetMeNot run/walk taking the 1 mile and 6.5 mile routes around Staplefield Village.
Once again there was the wonderful sight of a line of red Leukaemia and Lymphoma T-shirts moving across the countryside. It was very heartwarming to see so many teenagers taking part.
The walkers set of just after 9am and the runners at 10am. They were fed and watered by Chris and Simon at the first stop, Ditton Lodge and Vicki at the second stop, Sidnye Farm.
All were welcomed back to Staplefield Village hall with an array of wonderful homemade cakes and plentiful tea and coffee and sit in the sunshine to enjoy them.
Elizabeth, Angus’s mum said: “The weather the day before was awful. It rained all day and we got soaked marking out the route.
“However as in previous years the sun came out to allow us all to enjoy the beautiful Sussex Countryside. Once again the whole community has come out to support us, taking part, helping out with arrangements and making lovely cakes
Jonathan, Angus’s dad said: “ We had a recent meeting in London and heard that the research teams are struggling to find treatments for Angus’s type of blood cancer particularly when it occurs in teenagers.
“ We know of others who have died and it makes even more determined to continue our work. We are thrilled to have raised in excess of £3.500 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.”
In total, The Angus Rowland ForgetMeNot Fund has so far raised over £150,000.
October marked the fifth anniversary of Angus’s diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and it is wonderful to see so many people who knew him before his illness come along and remember him.
There have been some very dark times for our family but we hope that our fundraising will help others to beat blood cancer.
We are planning to do another walk/run in 2016 on 2nd October.
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Report and picture contributed by Elizabeth Mailey.