IT was a labour of love when Brian Dyer took on the Shakespeare Marathon course – pushing three shopping trolleys.
The 74-year-old Stratford resident was determined to walk part of the route to raise money and awareness for a cause which has been close to his heart for many years.
The retired British Telecom engineer and part-time Tesco employee lost his elder sister June to Leukaemia in 1961, when she was just 27-years-old.
And more recently his manager at Tesco in Stratford lost his battle against the disease aged just 31.
So to raise money for the Leukaemia Care charity, Brain decided he would push three shopping trolleys along part of the route on Sunday.
Brian said: “The treatment of Leukaemia and other forms of blood cancer has come a long way over the last 50 or so years, but the fact that the disease is still touching the lives of people of all ages, means that raising money and raising awareness is as important now as it has ever been.
“My manager at Stratford Tesco, John Parker, lost his battle against Leukaemia in 2015 at the age of 31 and he was a lovely man. We don’t yet know how much we have raised, as sponsor money is still coming in, but whatever the final figure, Tesco in memory of John, has kindly pledged to match the amount.”