Andrew leads walk for mum

Andrew Benstead has organised a charity walk in memory of his mother . Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113031'27/07/11

Andrew Benstead has organised a charity walk in memory of his mother . Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113031'27/07/11

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MORE than 150 people are taking part in the town’s first Walk For A Loved One organised by Andrew Benstead in memory of his mother.

The trekkers will leave Scarborough Railway Station tomorrow at 10.30am, after a warm up, and head to Whitby.

Mr Benstead, of Fulford Lane, Scarborough is raising money for Cancer Research UK and will be leading the way in his specially-designed blue T-Shirt.

His mum Debbie died earlier this year from pancreatic cancer. “Organising the walk is part of the grieving process for me,” said the 30-year-old.

“It has been something to take my mind of the terrible loss that I feel,” he said.

The principle is similar to the annual Race For Life which this year took place in North Bay. Women-only participants wear pink shirts pinned with the names of the loved ones they are racing in memory of.

Some of Andrew’s family, including his brother Anthony, his sister Nichola and his mujm’s husband Danny, and friends will be joining him on the 20-mile walk.

As well as the warm-up session, which starts at 10am, there will be other activities at the station including face-painting.

“I have received a lot of support in setting up this event,” said Andrew, “including from Rachel Splight from Cancer Research UK in York.”

He has already raised £95 and anyone who would like to contribute can log-on to www.justgivingandrewbenstead.debbieswalk