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Walker completes charity walk challenge

Tammy Richards walked around Rutland Water for charity
Tammy Richards walked around Rutland Water for charity

Stifling heat didn’t stop a fundraiser from finishing her charity walk around Rutland Water.

Tammy Richards took on the challenge to raise money for the Turner Syndrome Support Society - a condition she has which affects growth and causes heart problems.

The 42-year-old suffered a heart attack when she was born and was only expected to live for two years.

She defied the odds but went on to face another battle eight years ago when she suffered a stroke.

But never one to let life get her down, Tammy took on the walk to raise money for the charity which supports sufferers like her.

She said: “The views were really stunning. I’ve never seen a lot of it before because I have never done all the paths. It was exciting to see the dam and the ospreys.”

Tammy completed the walk over three days with her friend Joan Williams.

She said: “Tuesday was tough because there was some quite steep hills that day. I was relieved to finish on the last day and I’m really pleased that I did it.”

Although Tammy admits she was probably slower than other walkers, she doesn’t feel her health condition held her back on the way.

Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal condition which affects one in every 2,000 baby girls. It affects development in females, particularly growth. Tammy herself is only 4ft 4ins tall.

She raised £610 for the charity at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tammy-richards2

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