Getting ready to march for a good cause

The ''Neilson family (l to r) Matthew Alice Emily Alan and Theresa''''Picture: Southern News & Pictures
The ''Neilson family (l to r) Matthew Alice Emily Alan and Theresa''''Picture: Southern News & Pictures

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CANCER suffers, their families and friends are getting ready to take part in a March on Cancer.

The fundraising event will take place on Saturday, October 11, and start at 7.30pm at Castle Field in Southsea.

Among those marching will be Alan Neilson, 43, of Drayton, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2011.

Joining him will be his wife, Theresa, and children Emily, 18, Matthew, 16, and Alice, 20.

Alice is studying biomedical science at Warwick University, and her dad’s illness prompted her to do work experience in the brain tumour research laboratories at the University of Portsmouth.

Theresa said: ‘The whole family were left feeling hopeless and in deep shock when Alan was diagnosed. Alice felt she was helping her dad by researching brain tumours.

‘She surprised scientists there by taking to it very well.’

Cancer Research UK’s Hampshire spokeswoman Helen Johnstone said: ‘Our March On Cancer event is for everyone – adults and children.

‘It isn’t a sporting challenge and you don’t need to be super fit to take part.

‘Instead, it’s about bringing people together in a defiant show of force, as people in Southsea join tens of thousands across the UK to march, raise money and help save lives.’

For more information visit standuptocancer.org.uk.