Former England rugby captain Lewis Moody will miss watching the Rugby World Cup’s France v Ireland match to support fundraisers in their battle to defeat brain tumours.
Organised by The Brain Tumour Charity, the Warwick Twilight Walk starts at St Nicholas Park leisure Centre on Sunday at 5pm.
Lewis, who runs the Lewis Moody Foundation in support of the charity, will welcome walkers before they go off on the 10k route through Warwick Castle, parks, gardens and along the River Avon.
Among those taking part are Vicky and David Wallace from Hatton Park and their sons Ben, 12, James, 10, Nicholas, eight, and two-year-old Toby.
They are raising money in memory of Vicky’s cousin Jane Schofield who passed away in 2013 and friend Laura Fischer-Beards from Berkswell who died on September 9 - three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Mrs Wallace said: “I met Laura through our kids being at school together.
“She was an inspiration and passionate about raising money and awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity. Even when she was feeling unwell, she threw herself into fundraising. Now I’m following her example to raise money for a cause so close to her heart.”
Geraldine Pipping, The Charity’s director of fundraising, said: “The Twilight Walk helps to show people affected by brain tumours that they are not alone. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and people under 40 in the UK and survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 40 years.
We receive no government funding and rely 100 per cent on voluntary donations so we are hugely grateful for Lewis’ support and the Wallace family’s efforts.
“It’s only through our fantastic fundraisers’ support that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.”
For more information or to register visit www.thebraintumourcharity.org/raising-funds/Events/The-Twilight-Walk