A woman who lost her husband to a rare form of blood cancer has organised a fundraising event with a difference in his name.
Jayne Archer, of Pound Hill, will take part in the Paws to Beat Blood Cancer Dog Walk to raise money for the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in memory of her husband, Mark.
Mark, who worked at Gatwick Airport, died of mantle cell lymphoma in March 2010, at the age of 49.
He and Jayne had only been married for 18 months.
Despite her grief, Jayne set up the Mark Henry Archer Tribute Fund and has been raising money ever since.
Describing her husband, Jayne said: “Mark was a truly lovely, beautiful person with a zest for life and living.
“He had a passion for history and Lord Nelson, Derby County Football Club, playing golf, a real love of music especially Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
“We would often go to music gigs; he was definitely one of the good guys!”
The Paws to Beat Blood Cancer Dog Walk, which will be held in Balcombe on Saturday (June 14), is the second such event held in Mark’s memory.
Jayne, 44, who will be accompanied by her dog Hendrix, said she chose to hold the walk in Balcombe because close friends of hers own the Balcombe Tea Rooms.
She added: “It’s a friendly village with a strong community. The countryside lends itself to a beautiful walk, too.
“There is also space in the recreation ground to have some other local stalls – the Petshed Burgess Hill and Born & Bred England from Hove, to make this a proper event that, hopefully, villagers and dog lovers from the local area alike can come along have a lovely walk and enjoy some delicious cake, tea and coffee and our special four-pawed lovelies can enjoy a fresh drink and some biscuits.”
The route is three miles long. Entrance is £10 per dog with one owner, £2 per additional person. All dogs who complete their walk will receive a special dog collar tag and a poop bag holder.
Mid Sussex District Council is supporting the event as well as David Clare Vets in Crawley.
Walkers can start between 10am and 3pm.
Registration form are available at Balcombe Tea Rooms, or you can register on line at beatingbloodcancers.org.uk/paws.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the page Mark Henry Archer Tribute Fund at Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research or on Facebook.