Two members of Nelson and Colne College’s Apprenticeship Team are walking the width of Lancashire on Saturday in memory of a popular colleague.
Debbie Howard, the college’s Apprenticeship and Training Manager, and Dean Johnson, an Engineering Trainer Assessor, are completing the 32 mile ‘Walk for Paul’ on Saturday from Tarleton to the college in memory of Paul Day, from Barrowford.
Paul, known affectionately to colleagues as Daisy, worked at Nelson and Colne College in the capacity of Programme Leader for Engineering and Work Based Learning. He died in October after a battle with cancer.
Keen walkers Debbie and Dean are lacing up their boots to help raise money for Anthony Nolan and The Christie in Manchester, where Paul received treatment. The duo are also planning further charity challenges next year, including a marathon and a skydive.
Debbie said: “Paul was a fantastic man who embodied courage and determination. He was a lovely, personable colleague who was a pleasure to work alongside, and what’s more, he inspired and motivated his colleagues with the enthusiasm he had for his work.
“Paul remained so positive during his illness and never allowed it to hinder his brilliant work. We just want to do it for Daisy and show our support to Paul’s family at this difficult time.
“Anybody who wants to join us along the way is welcome to, but we will also be raising a glass to Paul in the Thatch and Thistle after our arrival at college at approximately 4pm.”
Paul’s wife Liz said: “I’m incredibly touched that Debbie and Dean are taking the time to walk such a distance for Paul to help raise money for such a wonderful cause in the form of The Christie.
“I think Paul would think they were mad, but equally he would be extremely proud that his colleagues are so keen to raise funds for a charity that provided such superb care and support for us.
“Paul absolutely loved his job at the college and members of the Day family will be joining Debbie and Dean along the route. Ultimately we want to raise as much money as possible so fewer people in the future have to go through the heartbreak we have endured.”
You can donate to the cause here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/apprenticeshipsncc
Paul’s family are also encouraging people to sign up to the Anthony Nolan donor list and this can be done here: www.anthonynolan.org
For more information about Nelson and Colne College visit www.nelson.ac.uk or contact the Admissions Team on 01282 440272.