A cause close to her heart

Charity Event raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust at The Lytham Suite, The Grand Hotel Promenade St Annes.

Charity Event raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust at The Lytham Suite, The Grand Hotel Promenade St Annes.

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Sarah Walton has already organised a night out with a difference and will soon be doing a marathon challenge – all in memory of a very special person.

The 26-year-old, from St Annes, held a charity evening at The Grand Hotel in St Annes in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.

She will also be running the London Marathon in April, for the same charity, in memory of her aunt Jackie Little.

Sarah lost her aunt in January 2011, at the age of 52, to lymphoma.

Jackie was head of the vascular laboratory at Oxford John Radcliffe Hospital.

She played a leading role in the creation of the Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and became the society’s first president.

The vascular studies unit at the hospital she worked at has now been named the Jackie Walton Vascular Studies Unit in her honour – Walton was her maiden name.

Hairdresser Sarah said: “My auntie did a lot to help other people and her passion and research in her work showed this.

“I wanted to do fund-raising for the Anthony Nolan charity in her name and her memory.

“By doing the marathon it will help the charity, which saves lives and helps people with blood cancer. I know how much this would mean to her, as her role in developing research further played a big part of her life.

“I’ve done half marathons before, but wanted to tackle a full marathon.

“My training has been going well, building it up to bigger runs each week.”

Sarah held a fund-raising night at The Grand Hotel in a bid to increase her cash total.

She said: “I just want to raise as much as possible.

“The night involved a three-course meal, entertainment, a raffle and auction.

“Everybody had a good time, lots of friends and family came along, there were 80 people altogether.

“The atmosphere was great. I wanted to organise something people would enjoy and could celebrate the fund-raising.”

To support Sarah’s efforts, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/sarahwalton28.