A woman whose brother recently underwent brain surgery had good cause to support a charity canal walk on Saturday.
Buckingham resident Liz Fussey was among 40 or so people who enjoyed the unseasonably warm autumn sunshine and some spectacular scenery while taking part in a sponsored walk along the Grand Union Canal.
The annual walk for Padbury-based charity Brain Tumour Research was supported by people whose lives have been touched in some way by brain tumours.
Mrs Fussey’s brother, Andrew Crowe, is currently recovering from a bout of brain surgery earlier this month.
Mr Crowe has had five major operations since being diagnosed in 2002, as well as radiotherapy which has left him disabled and unable to work.
Mr Crowe joined the walkers for lunch and again as they reached the finishing line at the Three Locks at Stoke Hammond.
He has since been admitted to the Royal Bucks Hospital in Aylesbury for two to three weeks’ intensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation to try help him regain the use of his right hand and become more mobile.
Mrs Fussey said: “He is so brave and uncomplaining, despite the fact that his life has changed irrevocably.”
Brain Tumour Research’s regional fundraising manager, Lauren Ryan, said: “It was lovely to see so many people joining the walk – some old faces and many new ones.
“As yet, we don’t know how much was raised because sponsorship is still coming in, but one thing for certain is we all had a great day out, took some exercise, made some new friends and enjoyed a delicious pub lunch.
“We also knew we were supporting a worthy cause, raising funds for research into the biggest cancer killer of chidren and the under-40s.
“Do join us next September for our Canal Walk 2015.”