A marathon walk by the Rev Canon Kevin Graham and his sons Jamie and Luke is going to look a little different, but will still bring in thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
And the change of plan means the family has something very special to look forward to on the day, because at the half-way point, Kevin and his wife Cheryl will be renewing their wedding vows.
Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, Macmillan Cancer Support has had to cancel the ‘Mighty Hike’ which was due to take place along the north coast on June 26.
Kevin, rector of St Bartholomew’s, Stranmillis, was inspired to sign up for the marathon hike after Cheryl received a terminal cancer diagnosis last November, and Jamie and Luke agreed to undertake the challenge with their dad.
Although Macmillan has had to cancel the official walk, the charity has approved the Graham family’s independent marathon walk in lieu of the ‘Mighty Hike.’
“We will complete a marathon hike on June 26, walking from St Bartholomew’s, Stranmillis, to St Colman’s, Kilroot, in Carrickfergus, a distance of 13.1 miles – a half marathon,” Kevin said.
“Cheryl and I will renew our wedding vows, with Bishop George officiating, in St Colman’s, before Team Graham returns to Stranmillis, completing a marathon hike (26.2 miles). All monies raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support as before.”
To date, the Graham family has raised more than £6,300 – and anyone wishing to sponsor Kevin, Jamie and Luke can do so via JustGiving.
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