Just before Christmas last year we had the devastating news that my Mam had pancreatic cancer. We had so many questions we wanted answering and we were at a loss as to what to do. Many google searches and hospital visits later we kept coming across Macmillan and their support in those early days after the diagnosis was invaluable. I felt that I wanted to do something to help my mam fight this awful disease but I didn’t know what. I saw an advert for the Macmillan Mighty Hikes come up on my Facebook feed and thought that I quite fancied that. I asked about to see if anyone would do it with me and finally I found my walking partner Chris Marshall. We signed up on a cold February day, pledged to raise £250 each and we were off. We were set to walk 26 miles in the Peak District on July 27th.
Training started in the Easter holidays and we had about 20 weeks to build up our stamina from that first 4 mile walk. I was very confident when I signed up……. After the first training walk I wondered how on Earth I was going to turn 4 miles into 26 miles. My feet hurt, my hips hurt and it rained!
Rain turned out to be a feature of many of our walks. The money spent on my waterproof was well and truly worth it. We have seen some great sights on our walks, been in some lovely cafes and pubs and had some really relaxing, mind clearing Saturday mornings. I have really got the walking bug and had no idea that there was so many great places to visit just outside of Hull.
Our fundraising started off well, there are not any people who have not been touched by cancer in one form or another and people were incredibly generous. At school the House teams pledged their support and they came up with the fantastic idea of selling ice lollies and ice pops in the Summer term. We set up shop on a break and lunch and the pupils loved the treats. We set up a stall at the Summer Fayre and at sports day and the money just kept coming in. The academy staff and pupils were very generous and very supportive of our fundraising. As we left for the Summer we had raised over £3000.
After a blistering heatwave at the end of July we set off to the Peak District to do the walk. The heatwave didn’t affect us because it rained! For 18 out of the 27 ( it was longer than they said it was ) miles it was torrential rain. It didn’t stop us though. Over 2500 people set out on the mighty hike that morning, all with their own reasons and stories to share.
The walk was a fantastic experience, we thoroughly enjoyed it despite the weather conditions and the mud. After 9 hours and 34 minutes we crossed the finish line in positions 269 and 270. We were chuffed to bits with that.
I would love to do another and I’m still enjoying the walks in our local area.
The final total raised was £3581.89. Thanks for your support- it is very much appreciated.
This year we will be fundraising for Dover House Hospice and Team WHA will be completing the Dove House Wine Dash Saturday 13th June 2020. We will be setting up the ice cream shop again in the Summer and will have other fundraising events through the year. If you are interested in joining the team in June please contact me at the school.