A woman and her group of friends completed a 26-mile loop of Rutland Water on Sunday in memory of a man who battled cancer.
Kim Granger was joined by about 25 friends for the marathon walk, which was organised in memory of Kim’s husband Paul.
He lost his battle with a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma just a few weeks after the couple’s bedside wedding at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. He was 24-years-old and was cared for in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit, which Kim was keen to raise money for as staff there provided so much support.
Kim, of Ironmonger Street, Stamford, had hoped the group’s efforts would raise about £1,000 for the charity but is absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed that so far the total stands at more than £2,100.
She said: “It was a really good walk. The atmosphere was great and we had absolutely perfect weather.
“I can’t believe we have raised more than £2,000. It is just amazing and a lot more than I was expecting, I’m really proud.”
Kim had hoped to lose weight before the couple’s wedding but when it was brought forward because of Paul’s condition, she wasn’t able to.
Paul always supported her and since his death, she has managed to lose five stone by walking to and from Peterborough, where she works as a teacher at Heltwate Special School, and following a healthy diet plan.
She was even joined on the walk by her friend Victoria Saunders, who has also been losing weight, and her Slimming World leader Debbie Halsey.
Five of the group cycled the route while the rest walked.
Kim completed it in 6hr 45min and the last person crossed the finish line in 8hr.
The group celebrated with drinks at their starting point at the Horse and Jockey in Manton, followed by a meal at Stamford Thai restaurant Buddha Lounge which sponsored the group.
Kim thanked all her friends and family, who joined in with the event and have supported her over the last year.
To sponsor the group visit www.justgiving.com/rutlandwaterwalkforpaul.