Friends walk in memory of Holly

By Nicki Jakeman, News Reporter

WALK WITH HOLLY: Friends of Holly walked 16.5 miles to raise funds for Holly’s family and raise awareness of Leptomeningeal cancer. Photo courtesy of Keeley Simpson

FIFTY walkers took part in 16-and-a-half mile sponsored walk called ‘Walk with Holly’ across Holderness on September 5. 

Keeley Simpson, who is originally from Roos but now of Hull, and friends organised the walk to raise funds for her friend Holly McCann’s family, following Holly’s sad passing last month at the age of 26. 

Holly, who lived in Hull with her husband and her 18-month-old son, had Leptomeningeal cancer. 

Keeley organised the walk to show support to Holly’s family and raise awareness of Leptomeningeal cancer. 

People can still support the walk by donating through the Go Fund Me page for the event. Keeley told the Gazette around £5,800 has been raised so far. 

The walk began at the Queens Head in Hedon, where pink helium balloons were released for Holly. Their route will took them to The Camerton in Thorngumbald, The Hare and Hounds at Burstwick, The Ship Inn in Keyingham, Watts Arms in Ottringham, Station Hotel in Patrington and ended at The Butterfly in Withernsea. 

Keeley told the Gazette: “Around 50 people completed the walk and we managed to collect £1000 worth of cash throughout the day with a little help from vehicles stopping and giving us donations as they drove past us.

“We started the day with a balloon release for Holly in Hedon and tied photos of Holly to trees and posts throughout the walk which a couple of people have found and shared on our Walk with Holly page. We are keeping the Go Fund Me open until the end of September as a few people needed a little extra time to collect donations so we will not know the final amount we have raised until then but so far I think we have raised around £5,800.” 

There was one incident along the walk which has been reported to police, where a car clipped the bag of a walker on the A1033. The walkers and Humberside Police are appealing for information. 

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: “We were called with reports of a non-injury collision shortly before 6pm on Saturday, September 5 on the A1033 near to Withernsea. “A car allegedly collided with the bag of a woman who was taking part in a charity walk. Thankfully the woman was not injured in the incident. 

“Enquiries were made to establish the circumstances of the collision and we ask anyone with information, who has not already spoken to us, to call out non-emergency 101 number quoting log 354 of 6 September 2020.” 

To read Holly’s story and donate, visit the event’s Go Fund Me fundraising page at