A Skegness hotel will be welcoming around 80 guests on Saturday, (May 31) after a group embarked on a charity Mansfield to Skegness ‘Walk of life’.
Initially, the group, raising money for Cancer Research UK was expected to be around 30-40 strong, however as interest grew among family and friends of the organisers. the number has swelled to an estimated 80 people.
The group will arrive in Skegness aprroximately between 1pm and 3pm at the Chatsworth Hotel, North Parade, setting off this lunch time (Thursday, May 29.)
They will camp overnight at various spots until their arrival in Skegness on Saturday.
On the groups arrival, Skegness mayor, Coun George Saxon is scheduled to welcome them to the seaside and Joint managers of the hotel, Damien Hughes and Bryan Sewell will provide food as a gift, as well as organising Skegness Rock/Opera singer to serenade them from the hotel balcony.
Father of two, John Boden of Mansfield will walk with friends and relatives raising money for the cause after wife Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 31, last year.
“After finding a lump, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and our lives were turned upside down. Throughout Debbie’s diagnosis I felt completely useless to watch someone you love have to take such intense treatment as chemotherapy”, said John.
“So, with the help of Debbie and very close friends, all being touched by cancer themselves, in one way or another, we set up a charity called ‘walk of life’ with cancer research Uk, a men only walk from mansfield to Skegness on May 29-31.”
He added: “I can’t take away the cancer or helplessness I feel during the chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery Debbie has had to under take and still may have to undertake; in hopes that the cancer will be gone, but what I hope to do is help bring the day closer when all cancers are cured by raising money to raise awareness and vital research.”
The group have raised £463 so far.
If anyone would like to donate, then they can contribute by visiting www.justgiving.com/WOL2014 or searching for ‘Walk of life Mansfield to Skegness’ within the JustGiving site.