A CHINNOR woman who recently lost her sister to cancer is walking across the country to raise money in her memory.
Tessa Bradon’s sister Nikki Rivers died of pancreatic cancer in January and now is planning to walk the journey between their homes to raise £15,000 to set up a research fellowship.
In the last few months of Nikki’s life, Tessa drove weekly between her home in Chinnor and Nikki’s in Leicestershire.
“Pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed late on and often when you find out it is pretty much a death sentence,” said Tessa.
“It was hard for the family and especially for her.”
Tessa wants to fund research to find a simple, but most of all, early, way of testing for pancreatic cancer as a fitting memory to her sister Nikki.
“I was going up there every week when she was ill and I thought it would be a great thing for us to walk from my home in Chinnor to her’s in Leicestershire.”
Tessa’s walk starts on Wednesday, August 31, and will take six days.
The more Tessa and her friends raise, the longer the research seeking earlier diagnosis can run.
Pancreatic cancer can take up to 10 years to develop .
Earlier diagnosis means earlier treatment and more hope to those diagnosed and for their families.
Tessa’s journey, called Nikki’s Walk, will take in the Midshires Way between The Ridgeway and the Trans-Pennine Trail.
The walk goes from Oxfordshire, through Buckinghamshire, around Milton Keynes and on to Leicestershire.
To donate visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/nikkiriversfellowshipwalk