Long Walk Home charity marathon challenge

Mark Lewis and Drew Turner in training for mega marathon challenge.
Mark Lewis and Drew Turner in training for mega marathon challenge.

A Hipperholme pair are taking on a 780 mile marathon challenge in memory of a mother who died of skin cancer to raise money for research into the disease.

Drew Turner, 22, and Mark Lewis, 48, are walking 26 miles a day for 26 days between August 16 and September 10 – setting off from Land’s End and completing their trek in Halifax.

Rebecca Turner was 27 years old when she found a lump on her back and died just 16 weeks later from skin cancer in 1994.

Towards the end of her fight, Rebecca went blind and could no longer see her son, Drew.

Her brother Mark, an organisational development consultant, said: “About 18 months ago, I started thinking about something a bit different that I could do to mark the 20th anniversary to raise money for charities that helped us.

“I had agreed to it before I knew how gruelling it would be.

“My motivation is that I am doing this for my sister. When she died I made a promise to myself that I was going to make the most of every opportunity I got because life is too short.”

The pair aim to raise £26,000 for Cancer Research UK and MacMillan Cancer Support and will be holding a comedy night at Old Brodleians Rugby Club on Jun e 28.

For more information, have a look at www.twitter.com/LongWalkHome14.