Walking for the Woodlands Cancer Centre in Huntingdon

Ray McCawley (centre), with his dauther Clare and her partner Terry, pictured after the walk

Ray McCawley (centre), with his dauther Clare and her partner Terry, pictured after the walk - Credit: Archant

FAMILY and friends joined a gran battling cancer on a walk to raise money for the Woodlands Cancer Centre extension at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Sandra McCawley, of Gore Tree Road, Hemingford Grey, together with her two-year-old granddaughter Kathryn, walked a three-mile route at Grafham Water.

Her husband Ray was among about 40 others who completed 10 miles, raising about £3,000 for the appeal.

More than 100 people walked one of the courses, organised by the Huntingdon Grafham Water Lions Club for the 34th year, raising funds for local charities and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr McCawley said: “It was a beautiful day, absolutely awesome. The care and treatment Sandra has received at Woodlands is second to none and we wanted to do something to help.

“They need more room there – you can’t walk away from it, it has to be done.”

Mrs McCawley, who is 59 and worked at St Peter’s School, Huntingdon, has been receiving regular treatment at the Woodlands Centre where she is due to receive a new batch of chemotherapy.

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She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December, an incurable cancer of the blood which attacks bone marrow.

“She thought she had digestive problems because she had pains in her stomach,” said Mr McCawley, 61. “But the GP said ‘We’re going to test you for this’ and bang, we got the word ‘cancer’.

“In the early days it was very tough and Sandra was in a lot of pain. Overall, she’s lost four-and-a-half inches in height because it’s eating away at the bone marrow in her spine. She’s constantly on morphine. It’s an evil disease.”

The couple, who have a son aged 38 and a daughter aged 36, had to postpone plans to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Australia over Christmas.

“Everything is in turmoil but we’ll get there,” said Mr McCawley, a carpenter and joiner. “We’ve got a long way to climb.”

INFORMATION: To support them, go to www.justgiving.com/Familymgoo