Matthew Beddard was a teenager when he lost his fight against a brain tumour in February 2005, but he is still remembered by many friends who have raised thousands of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Matthew was a student at the John Kyrle High School from Year 7 to Year 9. Matthew always wanted to maintain a normal life and he attended school throughout his illness. He had many close friends, they keep his memory alive by organising activities every year to support the Teenage Cancer Trust, based in Birmingham.

This year they have set themselves the challenge of completing the Snowdon climb on Saturday, May 25th in order to raise funds.

Last Saturday about 40 men and women, and their dogs, got together to walk the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst. It was a happy day spent in brilliant sunshine with lots of laughter and the walkers agreed it was great preparation for the big event in May.The ages of the walkers ranged from 14 - 81, and included many of Matthew's friends and family.

Every day in the UK six young people are diagnosed with cancer. If you feel you can support these walkers by giving a donation details can be found at">

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