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Raising laughs and money along Hadrian's Wall

They began their 84 mile journey high in spirit Photo: ITV Border

Comedians from around the north of England are walking Hadrian's Wall to raise money for ovarian cancer.

The group, led by Hartlepool comic Nick Banks, left Port Carlisle earlier today to begin their 84 mile journey. They're also performing free gigs at venues along the wall.

The comedians will walk 15 miles-a-day Credit: ITV Border

The walk is being held in memory of Matthew Fong's mother, who he lost to ovarian cancer in 2012. Matthew and his friends are hoping to raise money and awareness about the disease.

Matthew Fong mother died of ovarian cancer two years ago Credit: ITV Border

They'll be covering about 10-15 miles a day and will walk for several hours, before putting on the following gigs at night:

  • Friday 2 May, The Venue, Carlisle
  • Sunday 4 May, The Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead
  • Monday 5 May, The Twice Brewed Inn, Henshaw, Northumberland
  • Tuesday 6 May, The George Hotel, Chollerford, Northumberland
  • Wednesday 7 May The Swan Hotel, Heddon-on-the-Wall Northumberland
The gigs are free but the comedians are asking for donations for the charity Credit: ITV Border

Ovarian cancer facts:

  • The fifth most common cancer for women in the UK
  • There are 6,800 new cases each year
  • Can often be misdiagnosed

Ovacome's BEAT ovarian cancer campaign is centred around an easy to remember acronym of the main symptoms:

  • B - bloating that doesn't come and go
  • E - eating less and feeling full quicker
  • A - abdominal pain
  • T - tell you GP

So far about £2,000 has been raised for Ovacome on the walk’s Just Giving page.

Full details about their walk can be found here

For more information about ovarian cancer visit