SUPPORTERS of Anthony Nolan are preparing to walk 15 miles on Saturday, September 7, to raise funds for the charity.

Anthony Nolan is a pioneering organisation that saves the lives of people with blood cancer by matching donors to those desperately in need of stem cell or bone marrow transplants.

September marks both blood cancer and childhood cancer awareness month, and Lyn Kirkland has organised the sponsored walk along with 25 friends and family members. The group will also be accompanied by two young boys, both of whom had successful bone marrow transplants after suffering from leukaemia. Their donors were found using the Anthony Nolan database.

The walk will run from Portland Castle car park to the Oasis Cafe at Overcombe Corner and back, via the Rodwell Trail, Nothe Gardens and the Promenade. Participants will enjoy lunch in Oasis before heading back to Portland, and all will be wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the name of the person they are walking for.

The sponsored walk is part of a UK-wide campaign led by Anthony Nolan, called Walking Together, Saving Lives. People up and down the country have organised their fundraising events in support of the charity, who also carry out cutting-edge scientific research and fund specialist post-transplant nurses.

To support the Kirkland family and help them reach their £400 target, visit their JustGiving page on

To find out more about blood cancer and the work done by the Anthony Nolan charity, visit