Fundraising nurses hike 26 miles for Macmillan

Fifteen Lincolnshire women are “on cloud nine” after teaming-up to complete a marathon challenge which saw them collectively walk nearly 400 miles to raise thousands of pounds for a leading cancer charity. 

The group – made-up of twelve cancer nurses from Lincoln County Hospital’s Waddington Ward, two Macmillan Nurses and a prison officer – are buzzing with excitement after stepping out on Macmillan’s Mighty Hike in the Lake District – a year later than planned, following its cancellation in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Fantastically, they had already smashed their original £5,000 fundraising target, when they started the hike on Saturday (June 19), but by the time they finished that figure had broken the £7,000 mark. Now they are hoping it will rise even further!

The walkers, who had been training together for months, were keen to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support. It is a cause close to their hearts, particularly after an horrendous, and unforgettable, year. During the pandemic, team members have cared for both cancer and Covid-19 patients.  

Each walker was faced with a tough 26-miles route and participants included some walkers who had also recovered from Covid. Walker Amanda Gill is still recovering from the effects of long Covid, which has affected her breathing, but she was determined to join her colleagues, and somehow managed to walk 23 miles!

“The hike started out from Dalemain House, near Penrith. Our group set off at 7.10am and we followed a set route.  We broke-up into smaller groups along the way, but the last person didn’t arrive at the finish at Lowther Castle at Lowther, south of Penrith, until 9.30pm!,” said Amanda. 

“The walk mainly took us off road and it included mountainous and rocky areas. I remember at one point the path was very narrow and it was scary because there was a sheer drop at the side of us.

“It was a really sunny day but, although it didn’t rain, it was very humid for everyone.  Overall, it was both physically hard and very emotionally challenging. “

“We are still buzzing after completing it. Personally, I am really proud of everyone, including myself because I basically managed to keep going up until the last couple of miles,” added Amanda. 

At the end of  the marathon walk, the group had planned to sit down and toast their combined achievements with a glass or two of bubbly.  In reality, after they’d sat down and caught-up with each other, the exhausted walkers noticed it was about eleven o’clock and decided to go to bed. 

“Initially it was a shame that our entry had to be deferred for a year, but we are ecstatic to have already raised more than £7,000 for the charity so far. It will make a real difference and we still welcome donations from anyone who wishes to support our effort. 

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