Brain tumour charities benefit from dog walk

Pet owners and their dogs taking part in Saturday’s Great Western Dog Walk enjoyed a unique chance to walk along the beach from Marazion to Penzance Prom with a backdrop of St Michael’s Mount on one side and the visiting Flying Scotsman on the other.

Organised by West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas, this year’s walk raised funds for Brain Tumour Research and Brain Tumour Support.

London Marathon runners Keith Gale and Simon Jones show their cheque for £7473.13 for Brain Tumour Research to MP Derek Thomas and walkers at the start of the Great Western Dog Walk on Saturday.

“These two charities both do tremendous work to raise funds and awareness for a cancer which has been sadly neglected in recent years despite being the number one killer of children and adults under the age of 40,” said Mr Thomas, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Brain Tumours.

“The weather forecast for the morning was pretty horrific and put a few people off but in the event, it wasn’t bad at all – a bracing morning to clear the cobwebs and with the great bonus of the Flying Scotsman paying her first ever visit to West Cornwall.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part, raising funds for two such worthwhile charities as well as GWR, Headland Printers, St Aubyn Estates and the Rotary Club of Penwith for their support and Sgt Dave Tomlinson and the Penzance Army Cadets for marshalling the event so well.”