Charity Campaigns - Mates give it some welly for Matthew

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Friends of a young man who has a brain tumour have launched a campaign to raise money for a county hospice where he is a patient.

Matthew Pinnock, of Higham Ferrers, is suffering from an inoperable brain tumour.

More than 40 friends of the 22-year-old are to take part in the Wiseman Welly Walk on Sunday, March 25, in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Northampton.

Matthew, a student at Loughborough University, was diagnosed in January.

His family and friends have already raised thousands of pounds for the hospice through an online appeal.

His close friends are also behind a twitter campaign – #teambutters – aimed at getting support for Matthew’s appeal.

In its first week alone, #teambutters attracted more than 5,000 messages of support.

The campaign has also drawn celebrity re-tweets from Rio Ferdinand, Katie Price, Dizzy Rascal and Chris Moyles.

Team member Aaron Weekley said: “We want to do something for Matthew and his family and to channel our feelings in a positive and constructive way and we would like to sincerely thank everyone who has donated to date.

“We have all been close since our school days and we are determined to show Matthew that we are with him as he fights this illness.

“The care he is receiving at the Cynthia Spencer Hospice is fantastic and we would like to do what we can to make a contribution to the cost of running this amazing facility.”

The group will be among the thousands of people who will be pulling on their wellington boots to take part in the walk, which is a 5km route around the grounds of Delapré Abbey in Northampton.

The event is organised by fresh milk company Robert Wiseman Dairies, which has a depot in Warth Park Way, Raunds.

Participants get a free pair of Wiseman’s cow print wellies in return for the entry fee, which is £15 for adults and £10 for children.

All fees and sponsorship monies go straight to Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Walkers can register to take part by calling 01604 678 082 or emailing