AN ANNUAL charity walk in memory of Barry ovarian cancer campaigner Lesley Woolcock which also supports cancer warriors has raised £2,500.

For the Walk in her Name walk, around 300 people walked about four miles, from Cemetery Approach, Barry, to Barry Island and back, on Sunday, March 31.

Mrs Woolcock died, aged 47, in 2016, but had successfully fought to receive the life-prolonging drug Avastin following her diagnosis in 2014. She became a prominent campaigner – raising awareness of early diagnosis for ovarian cancer and she raised thousands of pounds for charity – all while undergoing treatment.

Amanda Osborne, 52, and Martine Adams, who both have cancer, joined the team.

Lesley’s sister, Alison Woolcock, 48, of Barry, said: “We had a fab day. We raised £2,500 from the walk and tee-shirt sales for Ovarian Cancer Action to help fund research and improve outcomes for women. Around 300 people walked serenaded by DJ Eddie Close who had been loaned a van by Atlantic Self Storage for the very purpose.

“The musical accompaniment was a fantastic addition and ensured that the atmosphere remained celebratory. Thanks also need to go to Marco And Nino Zeraschi who donated bottles of water for the walkers to drink at the half way point. Mother’s Day can be a hard day for those who have lost their mother or child, so Walk in her Name provides support and a family atmosphere to enable people to manage on this special day.

“Two of the warriors we featured on our wall Amanda Osborne and Martine Adams walked the whole way over to Barry Island which was an achievement in itself and just shows the tenacity of the people we were walking for.

“I love this event, as well as doing something positive in Lesley’s memory it allows us to share and keep wonderful memories of all those people featured.”

She added: “This event is about recognising loss and supporting and celebrating people who may be having a hard time.

“It truly is representative of what Lesley would have wanted as she loved to make people feel special, loved and part of what was going on.”