19 July 2012
A veteran fundraiser from Bath has celebrated a milestone birthday with a charity walk. Gerry Hones marked his 90th birthday with a sponsored walk for Macmillan Cancer Support, for which he has been fundraising for more than 30 years.
Joined by four friends he completed a two-mile walk along the towpath from Avoncliff to Bradford on Avon.
Mr Hones has been raising money for Macmillan since his first wife Daphne lost her battle with the disease in 1976.
He has walked long distances as part of his fundraising drive, including an 80-mile trek to mark his 80th birthday in 2002.
Nowadays he sticks to shorter distances, and completes the two-mile walk to Bradford once a year.
Mr Hones, from Weston, said: 'You just have to be pleased with what you can do, and don't worry about what you can't do. Macmillan does such great work and is a really necessary charity. I want to continue to raise as much as I can for them.'
Mr Hones caught a train from Bath to the Avoncliff stop, and then walked to Bradford on Avon in time for lunch, before catching a train back to the city. He is still collecting sponsorship and wants to raise as much as he can for Macmillan. Mr Hones has been a member of the Bath committee of the charity, which provides cancer nurses, for the past 30 years. Each year his sponsorship helps pay for nurses in the Bath area.
Sponsorship money can be sent to the Bath Macmillan committee honorary treasurer, Noel Broomfield, c/o Bath Building Society, 15 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support for people with cancer and their familes.
Anybody wanting more information can visit www.macmillan.org.uk