Walk50 2018 – Here’s Annie

Annie BodenhamAs part of her ongoing fundraising efforts, Annie Bodenham will be on another epic challenge this summer.

Ever since Dimbleby Cancer Care supported Annie through her cancer battle in 2014, she has been an avid supporter, raising £1,468 through various events and activities to date. Her next fundraiser sees her attempting to walk 50km through the night as part of our #Walk50 event in June.

The challenge sees participants walk through the night and pass through 10 boroughs of London including Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, City of London, Greenwich, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.

When Annie was diagnosed with Thymoma cancer she undertook sessions with the charity’s complementary therapist team who helped her to relax and focus on herself as well as counselling sessions to help her deal with the anxiety of her diagnosis. The charity also gave Annie one if its free pillows to help support her after her operation.

Annie, 61, said: “I can’t thank Dimbleby Cancer Care enough for the support they gave me during and after my treatment – it really meant the world to me and helped me on the road to recovery which I am now on.

“Over the years I’ve raised money in lots of different ways; I’ve taken part in the Every Day in May challenge; when my husband and I turned 60 we decided to ask for donations instead of gifts; and when I was a teacher I always encouraged any school I have contact with to consider making Dimbleby Cancer Care its chosen charity. This year my challenge is the 50km walk. At present I am walking on my own, although some friends have intimated they might still be signing up but whatever happens my husband, Rick, is joining me at the 40km point and will walk the last 10km with me to make it that extra bit special for all we’ve been through the last few years.”

Annie (right) with Ashley Sandy her Nordic walking instructor Annie has been training for the challenge through joining a Nordic walking group, walking two or three times a week for up to seven miles a time.

Over the last three years hundreds of people have supported Dimbleby Cancer Care’s work by taking part in its Walk50 challenge. This year the challenge has grown to include three options for people wanting to take part. The 12km family walk, a 25km mid-distance walk and the full 50km walk.

All walkers will start the challenge at St Thomas’ Hospital at Westminster Bridge from 7pm and head west. The 12km takes you as far as Putney, and from there the 25km and 50km walkers continue on to Hammersmith Bridge before heading back through Central London. The 25km finish line will be in Westminster in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 50km route then goes out to Canary wharf and down to Greenwich via the Greenwich Foot tunnel, before heading back to the charity’s home at Guy’s Cancer Centre, beneath The Shard on Saturday morning where they will be met with hot coffee and bacon sandwiches at the finish line. The 25km and 50km options are only open to those aged 16 years or older.

Annie with walking groupRobin Pritchard, Director at Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “We’re so grateful to the ongoing support Annie has given the charity, not only through raising money but she’s also helped us enormously with raising awareness of her work by sharing her story with others which as a small charity like ours, is invaluable. With the launch of Cancer Care Map this year we’re trying to reach more people all across the UK. If, you’d like to help us in our mission to support people living with cancer, we still have spaces available for our #Walk50 challenge this summer so have a look at our website for details on how to sign up.”

Registration for all distances is £25 per person/£150 per team of 10 and everyone taking part in the 25km and 50km events are asked to raise a minimum of £300 each, with those taking part in the Family 12km event asked to raise £100 per adult/£75 per child. Click here to find out more and register today.

To support Annie, please visit http://UK.virginmoneygiving.com/AnnieBodenham

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