Rush to Walk for Sandra

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More than 200 people pulled on their hiking shoes for a sponsored walk in memory of a Conisbrough mum who died of cancer 10 years ago.

The annual Rush to Walk was set up in memory of Conisbrough woman Sandra Rush, who died of breast cancer in April 2002 at the age of 44.

The event has raised £76,000 so far from previous years, and the latest one drew huge support from well wishers across the Dearne.

A total of 202 people turned out for the event over the May Day Bank Holiday and organisers hope to have raised more than £10,000.

Walkers had a choice of three treks at four, six and 10 miles, starting and finishing at Anston Parish Hall on the outskirts of Rotherham.

Sandra’s daughter and co-organiser Natalie Rush, of Castle Street, Conisbrough, said: “It was a fantastic turn out yet again and I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped to support the event.

“My mum would have been so proud, it’s a great achievement by everyone involved.

“We raised £10, 000 last year and the sponsorship is still coming in and being counted. But it would be great to beat last year’s total.”

Co-organiser Gillian Headon added: “We have had a lot of very generous donations which is nice to see when times are tough.

“The money should be banked by the end of May and it will go towards supporting some great charities.”

The proceeds will be split between Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Rotherham Hospital Charities and the Aurora Centre at Mexborough.

A separate donation will also be made to the Niamh Power Fund.

Niamh is an eight-year-old girl from Rotherham who has a recurring tumour and has been told that there is no more medical care in the UK, so money need to be raised so she can seek medical treatment abroad.