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Walk Right Against Cancer's fundraising page

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Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]This Page is now closed but I am organising a new Walking Challenge for 2015 - Watch this space!![/p][p]I solo walked [b]The Heart of England Way[/b], a walk of around 100 miles, in 6 days between [b]10th & 15th June 2014[/b]. I did this with the help and support of my Ex-WRAC colleagues. I walked for the WRAC Association and for Cancer Research UK. I chose these two charities because I am a Breast Cancer survivor having been given the all-clear in October 2013. I owe some of my post treatment re-habilitation to my WRAC training and the continuing support of my Association colleagues.[/p][p]I started my walk on Tuesday 10[sup]th[/sup] June 2014 in Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire with my on-line “Totaliser” reaching about £1,800. Nearly there. And so, I walked/ambled/lost/fought my way north and eastwards. I walked on my own except for the final day when I was joined by my slightly shorter legged pal, Babs Blay, from Birmingham WRAC Branch. The weather was kind and the scenery surprisingly beautiful despite walking between the massive conurbations of Birmingham, Coventry, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Cannock and Stafford.[/p][p]The best part of my walk had to be communing with nature in very rural England; enjoying the sights and scents of the rolling English countryside. I saw deer bouncing through the early morning meadows, hundreds of rabbits sunbathing then bounding away as I approached, hawks patrolling the skies and deep yellow flutters of goldfinches. I was also joined briefly by a stoat at one memorable water break. He stuck his head and shoulders out of a hole not four feet away from me, sniffed the air cautiously for a while and then shot back down as he caught my scent. On a glorious summer’s day why would one want to go abroad?[/p][p]The worst bit was fighting with the crops in the Warwickshire farmland. How can farmers do things so differently in the counties and boroughs that I passed through? Elsewhere the paths were generally broad and well-marked. In Warwickshire they were virtually obliterated. On Friday 13[sup]th[/sup] I fought through field after field of head-height rapeseed that was like a jungle. It tripped me up three times, stopped me dead in my tracks umpteen times meaning that I had to hack away at the barrier. It also undid my double-knotted bootlaces twice!! How? That was also the longest distance day (22 miles). It was just as well that I was walking on my own as the air was blue with my curses at the crops and the Warwickshire farmers in particular!![/p][p]The most amusing bit, in hindsight, was when I decided I needed a “comfort” stop. I shuffled off the track into some longer grass only to end up flat on my backside with my left leg up to the knee in a rabbit hole!! Luckily the only thing that was damaged was my dignity! I finally extricated my leg (not the easiest manoeuvre with your left foot still dangling in rabbit fumes!!) I thoughtfully made use of the hole I’d discovered. Yes, unluckily for Mr Bunny, this also happened on Friday 13[sup]th[/sup][/p][p]The most amazing thing has been the huge support that my charities and I have received from the hundreds of friends, ex-colleagues, ex-WRAC members, friends of friends and total strangers every step of the way.[/p][p]“Thank-you”, from the bottom of my heart, to each and every one of you who supported me, wished me well and congratulated me. However, I am not amazing, a superhero or Wonder-Woman. I am an ordinary, stubborn, heading-to-plump-ish, retired-sixty-something who hates dieting but loves food, real ale and walking. Yes I’ve survived cancer but one in three of us contract it according to statistics. I’m one of the lucky ones, my cancer was caught early enough to be able to be cured, many, for various reasons aren’t. They are the heroes, the ones who battle every day. They also are the heroes who help to treat and find cures. You also are heroes who, through your shared comradeship, support each other through thick and thin without question.[/p][p]If I have done anything let be to remind us all to be aware of changes in ourselves and our bodies; to give help where we can; to be brave enough to seek help of those around us when we truly need it.[/p][p]If you would like to know more about my challenge please email me at [b]43margied1@gmail.com[/b][/p][p]Thank you for supporting me and my charities[/p]

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Oct 16, 2014

Anonymous

Thanks from Janet (Brum) and Pat (Hereford)

£54.00 plus £13.50 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2014

Anna and Jonathan Jackson

Well done Marg!! much love

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2014

Paul Davies

Well done Sis - donation's a bit belated but home it carries nearer your new revised target. Proud of you xxxxx P

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2014

Ali Herbert

Well done Marg

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 16, 2014

Anonymous

You are an inspiration, we'll done

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Jun 16, 2014

Anonymous

Well done Marg xx

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Jun 16, 2014

Betsy

Well done Margaret - an amazing achievement! xx

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Jun 16, 2014

Di and John

Well done

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Jun 16, 2014

Michelle Devilleforte Jones

Hello Marg, you dont know me, but i work with your lovely D. Well done you, i think you have done fab job at raising all that money xxxxchelle jones

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2014

Anonymous

What a great achievement, Well Done x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Margaret Davies

Margaret Davies