Carol Vorderman grief over ‘deeply missed’ pal inspires famous friends to help

Carol Vorderman has poured her loss of a close friend into leading a celeb-cohort on a 26-mile walk.

The former Countdown star has rallied her famous friends and will captain a team taking on the challenge later this month to help men in Wales with prostate cancer.

Stars with Welsh roots Sir Gareth Edwards, Gareth Thomas, Melanie Walters, Terry Walton, Di Botcher and Mark Woolfe all feature in Prostate Cymru's short film, ahead of its annual Big Walk.

And Carole spoke out on Twitter on Thursday, as she walked along an idyllic Welsh coastal path.

On social media, she captioned a video of herself: "Sometimes walking helps us remember those we've lost @pcbigwalk …..in old age or if they've been taken too soon through cancer, disease or other reasons. I'm an early walker…..some thoughts this week."

In the vid, she told Twitter followers: "I lost a dear friend last week… somebody I loved very much. So many of us loved.

"Sometimes when you are missing somebody, whether they have passed in old age or too soon, being out in the open really seems to connect you with them again."

Carol added: "And I am on the coastal path – I am on a beach here. It is so beautiful. All alone. The early walker, thinking of people as we should."

The stars grief and moving comments, reported in The Mirror, have motivated hundreds of replies from fans who also opened up about their own loss.

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One Twitter user replied: "So true. I went for a walk a few weeks ago with our eleven year old son and he looked up to the stars and said, 'grandad watches over us each day'. I must say I had a few tears."

A second commented: "Bless you Carol . The missing them is the hardest part. I m sure whoever you were thinking of were right there beside you . I often wonder where ever they are do they miss us too ? X"

And a third said: "Carol, I lost my dad 5 years ago and now whenever I’m out hiking in the hills above Adelaide I use his walking pole, so while he may not be able to see the beauty all around me, he’s still there with me in my thoughts every step I take."

But it's not just for celebs who can take part. Anyone can sign up to The Big Walk and complete a route in their own town, either track the miles in stages, or take on the Big Walk in one go.

The event is supporting Wales based charity, prostatecymru, and will give out a t shirt and medal to people raising £50.

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