AN EAST Acton woman whose family has been struck by cancer numerous times is taking on her 11th sponsored walk.
Sharon Aldridge, of Hemlock Road, received a Lifetime Achievement award from Cancer Research UK when she completed her 10th walk for the charity last year.
She has raised more than £17,000 in a decade and hopes to raise another £1,600 this year.
Sharon and husband Kenneth will join hundreds of runners and walkers as they complete the Fullers London Pride 10K starting at the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick on July 1. All proceeds will help support local patients at Hammersmith Hospital in Shepherd’s Bush.
The 52-year-old said the charity is close to her heart because so many in her family have been struck by different forms of the disease, including her mum and dad.
She said: “I just get motivated by it and I just enjoy doing it. I’ve set out for the last 11 years to get at least £1,000 every year and I always reach it.
“My family have had cancer. I’m a full time carer for my mum, she’s 92 and she’s had blood cancer which is a form of Leukaemia for quite a few years, and my dad had bowel cancer. My mum goes to Hammersmith hospital for treatment and my nan had breast cancer as well.
“I think it’s a nice thing to do because of my family and the way it helps other people.”
There is still time to sign up to walk, jog or run along the river. The route is wheelchair and pushchair-friendly and follows the Thames Path over Chiswick and Hammersmith bridges. There is a £10 administration fee or £15 on the day. Enter online via www.londonpriderun2012.org or by phone on 08701 602 040.