Preston family tackle sponsored Guild Wheel walk in memory of son | Dogs Trust

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Preston family tackle sponsored Guild Wheel walk in memory of son

The family and friends of a 29 year-old-man who died suddenly on Boxing Day last year, are to walk the Guild Wheel this Sunday (29th May) to raise money for his favourite charities.

Gavin Westworth tragically died unexpectedly for heart failure and the group of 30 have come together to walk the 21-mile route in his memory, raising money for Dogs Trust and Cash for Kids.

"It would have been Gav's birthday on 9th May so we wanted to do something in his name and he loved these charities." says Gavin's mum, Ruth Simpson of Fulwood. "He adored dogs. He had a beautiful Bull Mastiff, Bruce, who sadly died last year and he had a Staffordshire Bull Terrier too, Nero, who was with Gav when he died at home. His death was totally unexpected and he has left the most painful space in our family. We miss him beyond compare but wanted to do something positive in his memory.”

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, caring for almost 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year throughout its network of 20 rehoming centres across the UK and one in Dublin, including at its newest centre in Manchester. Rock FM and Magic 999’s Cash for Kids aims to improve the quality of life for children living in the Lancashire area.

Ruth and Andrew, Gavin’s dad, will be joined on the walk by Gavin’s younger brothers, Billy (28) and Nathan (25), his sister, Georgia (18) and cousin Edd, along with friends of the family and some of Gavin’s closest friends who he had known since his days at Eldon Primary and Roebuck School.

“When we decided we wanted to do the walk in Gavin’s memory, we didn’t know how many people would want to do it with us but it is fantastic that so many are joining in,” says Ruth. “My best friend, Rachelle Rowlands, who used to live in Leyland and was like an aunty to Gavin is even flying over from Holland to take part. We think it will take us about seven hours and Nero will join us for some of it, possibly the start and end. He is a wonderful dog and was a huge part of Gav’s life so we want him to be there with us. It is going to be a challenge but it’s a wonderful way to remember Gavin and everyone’s support means the world to us.”

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