Tuesday, May 6, 2014
After losing both his parents to cancer, Raymond Horwell began taking part in the Bure Valley walk to raise money for charity.
His beloved partner, Peggy Crowe, would wait for him at the end, whispering “well done” as he finished the course.
But this year, as Mr Horwell walked over the finish line in the tenth annual walk, she was not there waiting for him, because she died two years ago from type two diabetes.
And Mr Horwell, who lives in Bowthorpe, near Norwich, said losing her made him even more determined to keep on helping others.
The 65-year-old said: “I miss Peggy but I do the walk for her and all those who are suffering from the dreaded cancer.”
The annual Bure Valley Walk took place this year on April 26 and 27, with Mr Horwell choosing to complete a three-mile trek from Buxton to Aylsham in 51 minutes.
He said: “I know I have to carry on, that is what my Peggy would have wanted. She was my life, my shining light, my best friend and my inspiration.
“I am more determined now I am doing it for Peggy as well as my mum and dad.”
Miss Crowe died, aged 78, just two years after they had moved into their new dream home and after 14 years together.
She had helped Mr Horwell care for his father, who died in 2002 from prostate cancer and supported him when he had a heart attack in 2009.
Mr Horwell, a former care assistant at Cromwell House retirement home in Norwich, worked in the hospitality trade for 30 years.
His mother died 29 years ago at the age of 49 from stomach cancer.
Those who take part in the Bure Valley Walk travel between stations on the Aylsham to Wroxham miniature steam railway before walking back along the Bure Valley trackside path.
Participants can choose to do a three-mile or nine-mile walk, paying £10 or £15 and raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
This year hundreds of people took part and raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity, which provides sufferers and their families with practical, medical and financial support.
Mr Horwell’s sponsorship is still coming in.
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