Steve’s Angels take on Thames Bridges Trek

On the 8 September 2018, ‘Steve’s Angels’ took part in the Thames Bridges Trek, walking 25km across 16 London Bridges, walking in memory of a wonderful dad, Grandpops and friend, Steve Gardner.

“When my dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma he said “I will not give in” and he was true to his word, he never gave up hope, bravely going through 9 cycles of chemotherapy along with radiotherapy and was willing to try any treatment.

Throughout his life he was extremely active, running countless 10k’s and marathons around the world, as well as being a proud 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Maker. He was a truly inspirational man, supporting others during the most difficult time in his life.  With an engineering background and a love of “bridges”, this seemed the most fitting event to do in his memory along with raising awareness of a charity which is very close to our family’s hearts.

The training beforehand definitely helped us on the day, the sun shone and the temperature was perfect for walking.  We completed the walk in 5 hours exactly and raised a fantastic amount of money £2,121,61. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported us and donated.  It was a day my dad would have loved.

Raising awareness of this dreadful disease is vital for the wonderful work Jill and all the team do at Mesothelioma UK.

As my dad would say “Never Give Up.” He will always be in our hearts and never forgotten.”

Paula Bacon