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Shop workers unite to take on half marathon night walk in fight against cancer

PUBLISHED: 15:32 16 September 2016

Wilko staff doing the London Shine half marathon night walk. The Broadway, Bexleyheath. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Wilko staff doing the London Shine half marathon night walk. The Broadway, Bexleyheath. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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The Shine Night Walk takes place on September 24

A Bexley grandmother is among a trio of store workers preparing to take on a half-marathon night walk through London.

Maureen McCabe, 58, will be embarking on the Shine Night Walk later this month alongside colleagues from Wilko’s at Broadway Shopping Centre.

Joining Mrs McCabe will be Debbie Petrou, 57 from Northumberland Heath and Welling’s Judy Byrne, 49.

Together the trio will be raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Mrs McCabe is taking part in this year’s walk as a show of support to family friend Jim Gallagher.

Mr Gallagher has recently been diagnosed with Thymus cancer - a very rare form of the disease affecting a small organ in the upper chest.

The Bexleyheath grandmother said she wanted to contribute personally in the fight against cancer.

“I’ve seen cancer firsthand. We just want to do what we can to make a difference” said the former marathon runner.

“The more we all do the more chance we have beating this disease eventually. You need to help people who need you

Ms Byrne has her own personal experiences with cancer.

The mother of five said: “My mother died 23 years ago of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and I lost my grandmother, aunt and cousin to the disease.

“I know what cancer can do and you never know when you’re going to need that help yourself, so I will always fundraise for this charity as it’s so close to my heart.”

The Shine Night Walk takes place on September 24 from Southwark Park in London to Old Billingsgate.

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