Barry’s emotional Mother’s Day walk

Thursday, 1 March 2018

– Local People

by Tim ChapmanGEM Reporter

ONE hundred and twenty people have signed up to take part in an event in Barry on Mother’s Day (March 11) to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to remember loved-ones who have died from cancer.

Funds raised on the day will go to Ovarian Cancer Action.

The walk from Barry Cemetery to the Island and back has been organised by Alison Woolcock.

Alison and her sister Lesley Woolcock, who was also known as Lesley Brown, campaigned for a screening programme for ovarian cancer.

Lesley, a grandmother of three, died on May 17, 2016, from ovarian cancer but she is fondly remembered by many people in the Vale.

The name of the event is #walkinhername and Alison has set up a Facebook page.

She explained: “The walk will begin at 12 noon at Cemetery Road. We will walk over to Lesley’s bench on Barry Island and enjoy a break there before walking back.

“On our return, the town council will have Merthyr Dyfan Chapel open so people can light candles for loved-ones.

“We will then head over to the Ty Newydd Inn so people can socialise.

“We want to thank Stuart at the Ty Newydd Inn for donating helium canisters so we can blow up balloons when we #walkinhername.

“There will be a personalised red heart balloon for everyone who has been featured on #walkinhername as well as Ovarian Cancer Action balloons.”

Alison says Lesley loved nothing more than being with people and she would have fully approved of the community-minded event.

Alison says she wants to get across the vital message on ovarian cancer that “early detection is the key to saving lives” – and that if a woman has an unusual symptom they should get it checked out.

The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are: feeling constantly bloated; a swollen tummy; discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area; feeling full quickly when eating, or loss of appetite; needing to pee more often or more urgently than normal. Other symptoms include indigestion or nausea, pain during sex, a change in bowel habits, back pain, vaginal bleeding, tiredness and unintentional weight loss.

At #walkinhername on Facebook, Alison recounts the stories of people who will be honoured during the walk.

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