A WOMAN from Beaumaris has power-walked the equivalent of Lands’ End to John O’Groats to raise funds for a Llandudno-based hospice and a cancer charity.
Starting on February 1, Sue Owen Williams walked approximately five miles every day to accumulate her target of 874 miles.
Every mile she walked was to raise as much money as she could for her two chosen charities; St David’s Hospice, which provides specialist care to adult patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey; and Breast Cancer Now.
Sue’s stepfather, Colin, received respite care firstly at St David’s Hospice, and then the final respite was as one of the first inpatients at the Anglesey Satellite Hospice in Holyhead, just a couple of days after it opened.
Colin had terminal cancer and was bed-bound for eight months at home.
His wife provided care along with the support of the carers, district nursing and palliative care team.
Sue said: “As Colin’s condition progressed, my mum became worn out and exhausted.
“It was down to the support of the palliative care team, carers and St David’s Hospice that he was able to stay at home.
“He attended the hospice for respite, which enabled my mum to recharge her batteries enough to continue caring for him at home (as was his wish).
“Colin passed away in March this year. I had already started a fundraising walk on February 1, initially just raising money for Breast Cancer Now.”
Completing her challenge in less than five months, Sue has raised an outstanding £1,675.15 through sponsorship.
She added: “I decided to split my donations towards both Breast Cancer Now and St David’s Hospice, as a way of giving something back.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and have had an amazing few months; also being a recipient of the Queen’s Ambulance Medal in the recent birthday honours.”