Giant caterpillar walk helps raise cash for charity

Serena Jeram who was diagnosed with cancer takes part in a fundraising walk along Southsea Seafront with friends and family members dressed as a caterpillar, in memory of her father who died of cancer. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122771-1)
Serena Jeram who was diagnosed with cancer takes part in a fundraising walk along Southsea Seafront with friends and family members dressed as a caterpillar, in memory of her father who died of cancer. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122771-1)
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IT’S not every day you see a giant caterpillar wriggle its way along Southsea seafront.

But Serena Jeram’s larger-than-life colourful costume certainly turned heads as it embarked on a charity walk along the seafront.

She was joined by 10 others, including friends and family, as she walked from Southsea’s South Parade Pier to Clarence Pier before finishing at Gunwharf Quays.

The 29-year-old organised the walk to raise cash for the Whitburn Trust, based at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, and in memory of her dad Steve Gould, who died in November aged 53.

The walk was even more poignant because the mum-of-two was herself diagnosed with thyroid cancer in June this year.

Serena raised around £1,500 with the walk, which will go towards the charity and help pay for a new bench along Hilsea shoreline in memory of her late father.

She said: ‘It went well.

‘I felt so proud that my friends and family turned up for the day.

‘They all put the costume on and I want to thank them all for doing it.

‘People are so generous – one man came up to us along the way and gave us a £10 note, which means a lot.

‘Cancer has affected everyone in some way and that’s why everyone is so generous I think.’

Serena is now going on a well-earned two week holiday to Mallorca with husband Adam, 29, and children Honey, four, and Dennis, one.

She added: ‘It was so hot inside the suit.

‘We had to walk with our legs out and get into a rhythm.

‘I can’t believe we did it! I think my dad would be proud of me. He would be looking down thinking it was really funny for us to be dressed up.

‘I thought we would be giving the Whitburn Trust about £500, which would have been good, but this is amazing.

‘I will be staying positive when I get home.

‘I have to go back to hospital in September and my little girl will be starting school.

‘Organising this after dad died gave me focus, so when things calm down again I will put my mind into organising something else.’