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Former nurse embarks on Twilight Walk to help fight disease which killed her husband

Former nurse embarks on Twilight Walk to help fight disease which killed her husband

Hannah Crouch

Former nurse embarks on Twilight Walk to help fight disease which killed her husband

Memories of walking in Windsor Great Park with her late husband have inspired a former nurse to raise money to help fight the disease from which he died.


On October 12, Karen Ackling, from Windsor, will return to the park to take part in the Brain Tumour Charity's Twilight Walk, aimed at bringing together patients and families affected by brain tumours.

Her husband Kevin died in October 2012, aged 56, after battling a brain tumour for four-and-a-half years, and she has been fundraising for the charity through the Kevin Ackling Fund ever since.

Karen took part in last year's event and said she felt 'very emotional' when she say everyone walking together.

The 54-year-old explained: "Kevin and I had walked in the Great Park together so it was such a moving occasion.

"When I turned around at the end of the Long Walk last year and saw just how many people were walking together – so many of them affected in one way or another by something as terrible and devastating as a brain tumour – I felt very emotional.

"I did the walk with three friends and it was lovely to spend the time remembering Kevin and chatting about him."

Karen, who is now retired, said: "For people who have lost a partner, a parent or a child, taking part in The Twilight Walk is a really good way of getting together with friends and family of all ages to try to raise awareness of the disease."

Windsor is one of three places where the Twlight Walk is being held, with others taking place in Warwick and Chester in September.

Visit www.thebraintumourcharity.org/raising-funds/Events/The-Twilight-Walk for more information and to register.

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