Kate Bolton is taking on our Walk50 challenge once again, and has recruited an army of friends and supporters from her son’s school to join her for the 12km route this year.

Seven year old Henry Bolton, Tommy Occhipinti Anton, Stan Riddington, Jonathan Leoni, Pietro Scapuzzi Fiorica, Marlene Versteegen and Dominik Cmiel are taking part as their way of saying thank you to the charity for the support they gave to Henry’s mum when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015.

Kate Bolton, 47, from Streatham said: “It’s been three and a half years’ since treatment and I have recovered well. The worry of it returning and what could have been never leaves though and I find walking to be a great stress reliever. Taking part in the walk each year feels like a really positive thing to do as the charity made a difficult time much more bearable.

“I’ve done the 50km twice now and it’s a great challenge and a very rewarding experience. But getting the kids involved is very special too. My son was too young to understand what was happening when I was treated, but he is much more aware now and it’s wonderful to see how much he wants to help make a difference too. It’s great to see him take on a challenge like this for such a good cause, and to inspire his school friends to do the same. It teaches them a lot about health and well-being, and the importance of helping others.

“I just hope it doesn’t rain – that’s my biggest concern. Otherwise, I know we’ll have a great time. If you ask the children they will say they are most looking forward to the pizza at the end, and the medal. They love a medal.”

During and after her treatment Dimbleby Cancer Care supported Kate with its counselling service and relaxation and stress course and she has become a great ambassador for the charity.

Walk50 is a 12km, 25km or 50km walk through the night on Friday 7th June. Starting on the banks of the River Thames at Westminster Bridge and finishing at Guy’s Cancer Centre, next to the iconic Shard, the route will take you past many of our capital’s famous landmarks, including Lambeth Palace, House of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and many more! Refreshments will be served along the way. The children will be joined by their parents, including Kate, as they take part in the 12km section of the walk.

Robin Pritchard, Director of Dimbleby Cancer Care said “It’s wonderful to hear from people like Kate just how instrumental our support has been in aiding her recovery.

“In the last three years Kate has been a valuable supporter. As well as taking part in this challenge before she’s volunteered at this and many other events and been instrumental in raising money and raising awareness of the work we do. She’s also been heavily involved from the start in our Cancer Care Map project which launched in 2018 and is very much still involved in its development. As a small charity we form close relationships with our beneficiaries. We love Kate!.”

All money raised from the event will going towards the charity’s work at Guy’s Cancer Centre and the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre at Queen Mary’s Sidcup providing practical and psychological support for those going through cancer and their carers and family, with its current focus this year on its recently launched online directory of support services www.cancercaremap.org.

To sponsor Henry and Kate you can go to https://dimbleby_cancer_care.charitycheckout.co.uk/pf/extreme-team