A HEADTEACHER who lost close family members to pancreatic cancer is to swim 50 miles to raise funds for those combatting the disease. Rebecca Walker will swim 4,034 lengths of Bannatyne Health Club and Spa’s swimming pool during November as part of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in a bid to raise £2,000 for the cause.
The 41-year-old oversees three schools; All Saints C of E Denstone, St Peter’s C of E Academy Alton and St Augustine’s C of E Academy in Draycott-in-the-Clay.
And each school will host a coffee morning in aid of the charity.
Rebecca said: “At the moment it’s one of the most difficult cancers to cure as by the time people are diagnosed its usually far too late. The survival rate is tiny.
“It’s something very close to my heart.”
Rebecca lost both her mother and grandmother to pancreatic cancer and she is determined to do everything she can to transform the future for all those affected by pancreatic cancer.
She added: “Obviously, the big question for me is whether it is hereditary or not so I try to be proactive about it and do all what I can.
“I’m really looking forward to the swim. I try to do a challenge every other year and challenge myself.
“We need to speak more about it. The more people I speak to, the more people I hear are affected by pancreatic cancer so something needs to be done.”
In 2015, Rebecca cycled 190 miles from St Bee’s in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Jersey over three days, raising £3,000 before running 40 miles in 2017 and collecting £1,900 for the charity.
Rebecca has set up a fund-raising page where people can read her story and contribute towards her £2,000 target.
Rebecca’s coffee morning at All Saints C of E Denstone will be held on Monday, November 18 and St Augustine’s C of E Academy on Friday, 22 November with parents encouraged to come along to enjoy a drink and a chat.
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