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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Ex-pats return for emotional charity trek

A FATHER and daughter will be flying from Canada to their home town of Whitehaven this summer to undertake the 190-mile Coast to Coast walk to raise money for breast cancer.

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It treks two: Father and daughter, John Garraway and Joely

By Margaret Crosby

John Garraway who emigrated to Canada in 1974, and his daughter Joely Smith are planning to undertake the walk over 14 days from Monday, June 2.

They aim to raise $1,000 for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, remembering John’s sister Christine Telfer, of Whitehaven, and his mother-in-law Catherine Connor, who both died of the disease.

John and Joely were both born in Whitehaven and are frequent visitors to the town, still having family and friends in the area. They live at Stittsville, Ottowa, and are currently training for their upcoming challenge which will require eight or nine hours walking a day.

The pair will fly from Canada on May 29 to spend a few days with relatives before setting out from St Bees Head. Followers can track their progress on Facebook as they pass through three national parks, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors

Donations can be made online at http://event.bcsc.ca.

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