Norfolk cancer survivor's charity walk
Sam WilliamsHe has survived prostate cancer and helps to support others who have been diagnosed with the disease, and now despite being 70 David Wiseman plans to join hundreds of walkers in a trek to raise money for a cancer charity.Sam Williams
He has survived prostate cancer and helps to support others who have been diagnosed with the disease, and now despite being 70 David Wiseman plans to join hundreds of walkers in a trek to raise money for a cancer charity.
The Taverham man, who is the welfare officer for the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group and is doing a Macmillan Cancer Training Course which helps people to support others with cancer, was diagnosed with the disease in 2000 and had an operation to remove the gland later that year.
Mr Wiseman and his wife, Rosamund, will be taking part in the Bure Valley Railway Walk 2010, and volunteering at the walk the following day, and they are urging others to join them.
The walk will take place on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18, between Wroxham and Aylsham. There is a choice of more than 12 walks, with three, six and nine mile options. The event is open to everyone and all walkers will receive a trip on a Bure Valley Narrow Gauge Steam Train.
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Mr Wiseman, who works part-time as a premises manager at a Norwich church, said: 'I want to show people that there is life after cancer, and I want to give something back. Macmillan provides such essential support to people who have been diagnosed with cancer - when you go in and are given the diagnosis, it's completely mind-numbing and you don't take much else they say in.
'Macmillan provide so much information in their publications and on their website, which is very useful because you are lost and confused when you are first diagnosed and want to know more about it.'
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Helen Chapman, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: 'Although the course that David and his wife are on is currently being run in Ipswich, we are looking to fund exactly the same course in Norfolk, and money raised from this year's walk could get us a step closer to this. It will also be put towards our other forms of support - medical, financial, practical, emotional and information.'
To register for the walk or for more information, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/walk or call the fundraising office on 01603 724369.