THE family of Guy Layton, who died of leukaemia earlier this year, are appealing to people in Thame to take part in a fundraising walk in his memory.
His sons Robert, Tom and Andy, brother Simon and sister Vanessa Casaru are running fundraisers throughout the year as they aim to make £20,000 for leukaemia and lymphoma research ... but this will be the only one in the town.
Layton lived in Thame and worked in Oxford but originally comes from Halifax in West Yorkshire. His family are making a special visit to the town for the occasion.
Vanessa said: “We just want to raise as much money as possible to help with research. We saw how an awful lot of people are affected by it and how hard it is on them and their families. It is one of those diseases where the cure is devastating so the more research that can be done the better.”
The walk on Sunday will cover 11 miles of the Thame countryside, starting at the cricket club and going through Shabbington and Long Crendon before returning to the town.
The route is mapped out so that it is suitable for all abilities and walkers can go at their own pace. Several pub stops have been pencilled in along the way for refreshments.
Walkers need to get to the cricket club for 9.30am to register and commit a minimum £5 donation to the charity.
So far, Guy’s family has managed to raised £1,200 towards their target from a quiz night, a raffle and a memorial lunch and have already got several hundred pounds donated for the walk.
To reach the £20,000 target, the family have planned an October ball, a golf day, a concert and an Elvis X Factor. Next year they will be hosting a music festival in March and a fun run in January.