HARDYWAY4HARRY Sponsored Walk

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Date & time

From April 18, 2018 at 10:00 to May 8, 2018 at 11:00

Place

Dorset - Various Locations 

HARDYWAY4HARRY Sponsored Walk

MARGARET MARANDE, 81, FROM FONTMELL MAGNA IN DORSET TO WALK THE 220 MILE HARDY WAY – THE LONG DISTANCE PATH SHE CREATED 2O YEARS AGO - TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THREE GOOD CAUSES


Margaret spent a hideous and heartbreaking year watching her beloved partner finally succumb to the deadly advance of Pancreatic cancer. Now she is attempting this amazing challenge to raise funds for research crucially needed to combat this terrible disease. Every mile she walks will be hugely worthwhile if it can help achieve this objective. Best of luck, brave Margaret.”
Jilly Cooper CBE

Hardyway4Harry - The walk is a tribute to my partner Harry, who died of pancreatic cancer last year and I will split my fundraising between the medical research charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, the Westminster Memorial Hospital in Shaftesbury and Thomas Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre.

Holy S**t Lieutenant! That was Harry’s reaction to the suggestion that a walk across England, the iconic Coast to Coast Path, would be a fun challenge.

Together we left so many footprints across the world from the rugged West Highland Way in Scotland to the Queen Charlotte’s Track on the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand.

But now it’s only me. Cancer struck Harry three times over the years. Twice he fought it and gained twenty-five years. But the third attack was vicious.  Pancreatic.  Once again, brave, he looked to a future despite the odds.   But this time it was just too aggressive.  The survival statistics for pancreatic cancer are grim. Diagnosed in December 2016, he died in August 2017 and it wasn’t quality time.  Money is needed for research to beat this most lethal cancer and I want to help. This is my plan.

In the 1990s I created a long-distance path – The Hardy Way – some 220 miles through Thomas Hardy’s Wessex. The route visits places that Hardy describes in his novels and poems under fictitious names. Starting at his birthplace near Dorchester it ends nearby in the tiny churchyard of St. Michael at Stinsford where his heart is buried. En route are two stretches on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, timeless Cranborne Chase, the Blackmore Vale and westwards as far as the sleepy Brit Valley to Bridport.

My aim is to walk the whole Hardy Way on consecutive days leaving Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre on the morning of April 18th for as long as it takes. I am an 81 year-old woman with dodgy knees and feet susceptible to blisters. Thirty years down the line it will be a huge challenge. Holy S..t Lieutenant indeed!

Please will you support me on this walk in my aim to raise AS MUCH AS I POSSIBLY CAN for my three good causes:

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund – not many survive this cancer to personally raise funds. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hardyway4harrypancreatic

League of Friends of the Westminster Memorial Hospital - recently survived threat of closure, and gave Harry the most wonderful care when he was dying. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hardyway4harryhospital

Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre at Higher Bockhampton - a gateway for local people and visitors to discover more about Thomas Hardy and the local landscape. Cheques to Dorset County Council, Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QH

www.facebook.com/hardyway

www.thehardyway.co.uk

I will be in good company along the Way: family, friends, nurses from the hospital, Hardy Way walkers plus anyone who would like to join in.

Former Champion Jockey, Adventurer and Photographer, Richard Dunwoody MBE – who has trekked to both South and North Poles, walked 1000 miles in 1000 hours and in 2017 walked the entire length of Japan - hopes to join Margaret for parts of the HardyWay4Harry walk and says:

Margaret has a challenging walk ahead of her and is raising funds for three very worthy causes, having lost her partner Harry last year to pancreatic cancer.  Please support her in any way you can.

For further information, please contact: margaret@lizampairee.com or 01747 811284 Mob. 07888 937349