Laura is Urging People to Make this Leap Day Count by Joining Us for a Winter Woolly Walk

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Laura Aulton, from Newtownards, is calling on people to join us at our annual Winter Woolly Walk in Tollymore Forest Park on 29th February to support families like hers impacted by cancer.

Laura who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2019 is taking part in our family-friendly sponsored walk to give back to the charity that supported her children Cameron (13) and Chloe (10).

Speaking about her cancer Laura said,

“When I was diagnosed in March last year I was in complete shock and I was scared. I was just a girl going about her normal day between work and running around like every mum does after her kids.  When I heard I had breast cancer my first thought was my children, how this would affect them and what was next for us as a family.

Cameron and Chloe heard about my diagnosis after I had my operation as I didn’t want them to worry until I knew the outcome and what my treatment would be. They both took it ok, apart from when they found out mummy would lose her hair. That was the hardest part for them, especially Chloe, but they soon came around to it. They knew mummy would still be mummy just with no hair for a while and that it would grow back. Cameron and Chloe were such a support to me throughout my treatment. They helped around the house and are two amazing kids for dealing with this so well.”

We provided Laura and her children with practical and emotional support, as well as free short breaks at our therapeutic facility in Newcastle Co. Down.  Speaking about the help her family received Laura said,

“Cancer Fund for Children helped us loads.  Our short break in Daisy Lodge enabled us to have some fun family time away from hospital trips and treatment.  We could just enjoy family time together and make memories. The charity also helped my two children immensely through their residential group work programme.  Cameron and Chloe got to see that it’s OK to get upset, and it’s OK to feel sad or angry.  The charity taught them how to deal with these emotions and helped them to be happy again. They met other children going through the exact same thing as them, so they didn’t feel alone. They have made new friends and taken away so many coping techniques”.

The Winter Woolly Walk is approximately 5km and is suitable for the whole family. Walkers are free to stroll leisurely or can walk as briskly as you wish – it’s all about having fun together as a family, getting out in the fresh air and enjoying the wonderful mountain scenery. Warming refreshments will be provided at the end to warm cold hands and there will also be fun activities for kids.

This year’s Winter Woolly Walk is even more special as it takes place on a leap day and Laura is urging people to make this extra day count by doing something meaningful to help children and families affected by cancer.

“We are taking part in the Winter Woolly Walk as a family because we want to give back as we can as much as we can to this amazing charity.  They have done so much for my family and continue to do so now.  My son is getting the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award with Cancer Fund for Children which is fantastic.

I would encourage everyone to take part in the Winter Woolly Walk as it’s always so much fun. Cancer Fund for Children need to raise so much money every year so they can keep their services running.  They get very little help from our government so please if you can come along on what will be a fun family day out to help raise money for such an invaluable charity to enable them to help a lot more families like mine .Thank you.”

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Our family-friendly sponsored walk is the perfect excuse to shake off those winter chills and rally the family together for a great morning out in aid of local children impacted by cancer. It costs just £5 per adult to register and £2 per child. Registration on the day is from 10am with walks starting at 10.30am.

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