A dog lover from Haslington is challenging himself to complete a sponsored walk just months after being diagnosed with cancer.

Mark Cunningham aims to walk the 5 miles around Marbury Country Park next month with his wife, Lynne and their Border Terrier, Harvey as part of our Woofs and Wellies event.

Mark has accessed various therapies at our Day Hospice as part of his recovery, including hypnotherapy and reiki which have helped with pain relief and enable him to develop coping techniques.

He admits he doesn’t know how he would have coped with having cancer without St Luke’s and pays enormous credit to our services:

Mark (left) alongside his wife Lynne, son Ryan, son’s girlfriend and daughter Rebecca

“The care and support St Luke’s have shown me and my wife has been unbelievable. They have helped me to remain positive throughout and I am doing this to give something back.”

“The sessions have given me a massive sense of relief. Every time I have been to the Hospice I have come away feeling lifted, and they have given me something to look forward to throughout my chemotherapy. My wife has also benefited from the counselling services.”

Mark admits that although he is looking forward to the event, it will be a challenge for him:

“I will definitely be doing some training leading up to the walk. Although 5 miles does not seem a lot, it is a challenge for me due to the chemotherapy affecting my hands and feet making it a struggle to walk for long periods.

Also joining them are their son and daughter with their partners and dogs. Mark has already smashed his fundraising target of £200 and hopes to raise more in the weeks to come.

If you would like to sponsor Mark, please visit his JustGiving page.

For more information about the event or if you are interested in being a stall holder, please visit the event page.