Dental hygienist Christina Chatfield has raised almost £20,000 for Mouth Cancer Action by walking 500 miles from Kirriemuir in Scotland, to Brighton, with more than 300 people joining the walk on various legs of the route.
Christina said: “I spoke to a number of people along the route and very few are aware of the link between mouth cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the key factors behind the increase. It was a gruelling month for me, but making those people I met aware of mouth cancer was worth it.
“I was joined by a mouth cancer sufferer and her children along the route, which was all the motivation I needed. The support along the route was incredible. I remember bumping into two ramblers, and they hadn’t heard of mouth cancer. They donated £10 of their weekly pension allowance to me, and it was moments like that which kept me going.
“The money is going to an excellent cause. Mouth cancer rates are increasing, and hopefully the walk will get people thinking about the disease and what they can do to take themselves out of harm’s way.”