Margate carnival queen Stephanie Thompson, along with the Margate carnival court, will be raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust next month (June).
The 17-year-old, who was selected as the new Margate carnival queen in March, is taking part with her court in a 10-mile walk from Minnis Bay to Reculver and back. The event was originally due to take place on Saturday, April 14 but had to be postponed.
The court will now undertake the challenge on June 9, setting off at 11.30am.
Stephanie is hoping for local sponsorship and community support.
The walk will raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and is in memory of East Kent College catering student Emily Mackay.
Emily was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in November 2013, when she was just 17.
Despite her illness Emily returned to college after undergoing a year of treatment and launched Emily’s Dinner in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust. This later grew into the campaign #inspiredbyEmily.
She lost her battle with the disease in 2016.
The Teenage Cancer Trust helps to improve the lives of young people aged 13 to 24 who are affected by cancer. The charity’s key service is to provide specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. It also trains and funds teenager cancer specialists.
Stephanie has already taken part in two walks in recent months, one for the Children’s Society from Westminster and along the South Bank and another 10-mile Margate Carnival walk.
She hopes to continue fundraising this year for both charities and later on for the Children in Need. The target for June’s walk is £600.