Michelle gets walking shoes on to raise funds

A CHARITY co-founder will take part in Wellingborough’s annual Waendel Walk to raise funds for children with rare forms of cancer.

When Michelle Tomkins’ three-year-old cousin Chelsea Knighton died in 2009 from acute neuroblastoma, she co-founded Chelsea’s Angels with Chelsea’s mum Emma Knighton.

Since then the charity has raised thousands to support children with rare forms of cancer and their families.

Michelle, of Westfield Road, Wellingborough, will keep up the good work when she walks six miles in the Chelsea’s Angels mascot costume at the Waendel Walk in just over two weeks.

She also hopes to raise awareness of the charity and a national campaign which is currently being fought to gain more funding for childhood cancers.

She said: “It will be three years in August since Chelsea lost her battle, and four years since we started fundraising for her treatment, yet parents are still having to find funds for treatments in other countries.

“It’s wrong that a price is being put on a child’s head – they don’t have time on their side, they need the treatment urgently, not next month, next year when funds have been raised.

“More children will lose their battles because the UK is not using up-to-date treatments which other countries are using with success.”

Michelle hopes to raise at least £250 by doing the walk. She will be among thousands of people participating in the popular annual event.

This year’s Waendel weekend in Wellingborough will run from Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 13. The weekend of walking, cycling, swimming and entertainment is now in its 33rd year and usually attracts more than 6,500 people from around the world.

To sponsor Michelle go to www.charitygiving.co.uk/mascotwaendelwalk. To register online for any part of the Waendel Weekend people can visit the website www.thecastle.org.uk/whatson.