Hatfield mum to hike in memory of son

SINCE keen Hatfield sportsman Ollie Mills died aged 18 in 2005 with a brain tumour, his friends and family have been raising funds for a charity that builds special teenage cancer wards in hospitals.

And later this summer his mum Sarah will be off to Cornwall to hike along the South West Coast Path to help add to the funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Walking from September 11 to 18, Sarah will be joined by 11 others to trek 72 miles for the charity that aims to have a unit in every hospital by 2012.

She said: “Those who know me well will know the Teenage Cancer Trust is very dear to my family.

“It really is a very worthwhile charity.

“While Ollie was in the Royal Free Hospital he was with three very nice, but elderly men and I know he was thinking ‘what am I doing here?’.

“There are wards for young children and wards for adults but not enough specialist wards for teenagers that are set up primarily for what they need with others going through the same thing.

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“That’s why we have always supported them.”

A garden tea party, which included a raffle and performances from singers, was attended by 70 at the family’s home in Crawford Road last month.

It helped raise �1,100 for the cause and Sarah is hoping to add further to the total before she heads to the south-west for the hike from Tintagel to Portreath.

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