Three pals from Preston who completed a tough 26-mile hike across the Lake District have raised £1,600 for Macmillan.Advertisement
Kate Hutchinson was joined by friends Catherine Knott and Louise Mault – whose dad, Bob Woods, passed away from lung cancer last year – to tackle the Macmillan Mighty Hike in his memory.
The trio, who all live in Fulwood, completed the gruelling 26-mile course in 10 hours and 55 mins, and smashed their original fundraising target of £750.
Kate, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, said: “It was my friend Louise’s idea to do the walk in memory of her dad Bob, who sadly died last year following a three-year battle with lung cancer.
“Her dad loved the Lake District so when this challenge came up we thought it was the perfect way to remember him and also raise money for Macmillan, as they were there to help her dad and family when he was going through treatment. I’d also had lots of support as well and we thought this was a great way to give something back.”
Kate, Catherine and Louise spent several weeks training for the long-distance challenge. Their training regime included walking along the Lancaster Canal and the Guild Wheel.
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Kate, who had a double mastectomy following her diagnosis, said: “The walk itself was very hot and very hard, but also very enjoyable and rewarding. I’d definitely do it again to raise money for Macmillan, which provides vital physical, emotional and financial support to anyone affected by cancer to help them live life as fully as they can.”
To support Kate, Catherine and Louise’s fundraising efforts go to JustGiving.
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