A SEA of red descended on Warwick Castle as walkers took to the town’s streets to raise more than £20,000 for charity.
Around 350 fund-raisers kitted out in red T-shirts came together for The Brain Tumour Charity’s third Warwick Twilight Walk.
The walkers, who were made up of people living with a brain tumour, their families and those walking in memory of loved ones who had lost their lives to the disease, were welcomed by ex-England rugby captain, Lewis Moody.
Among the walkers were Susan and Emma Fischer who were walking in memory of their daughter and sister Laura Fischer-Beards – a nurse from Berkswell who died on September 9, three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour and at the age of just 39.
“As a parent, you don’t expect to outlive your child,” said Susan.
“She was passionate about raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity and we all wanted to join her husband Mark and three sons to walk in her memory.”
Emma added: “Laura even did the Wolf Run, a 10k obstacle run through woodlands and thick mud when she was having chemo, so I like to think she’d having a giggle at us doing a 10k walk. She was the sporty one, not us.”
We featured brave Laura’s battle in The Observer as she took her fight for life to America for pioneering stay-awake surgery she hoped would stave off the brain tumour doctors told her was inoperable after chemotherapy had failed to halt its growth.
When she was given the diagnosis by doctors the valiant mother-of-three refused to give up on life for the sake of her husband Mark and three young children, Sebastian, Elliot and Henry.
The operation, which Laura described as her ‘final throw of the dice’, had originally been hailed a success.
But Laura tragically lost her brave battle last month.
Also walking in Laura’s memory were Vicky and David Wallace and their four sons Ben, James, Nicholas and Toby.
Vicky met Laura when their boys were at school together.
She said: “Laura was an inspiration. Even when she was feeling unwell, she threw herself into fund-raising and I’m following her example for a cause close to her heart.”
Director of fund-raising at The Brain Tumour Charity, Geraldine Pipping, added: “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and people under 40 in the UK but survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 40 years.
“We receive no government funding – relying 100 per cent on voluntary donations, fundraising and gifts in wills – so we are hugely grateful to every single walker who joined us.”
Visit www.thebraintumourcharity.org for further information.