Mother-daughter team walk 26 miles to raise cash for cancer charity

Ann Walsh and her daughter Rebecca walked 26 miles around the streets of London through the night to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Ann Walsh and her daughter Rebecca walked 26 miles around the streets of London through the night to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

A mother-daughter duo walked 26 miles around the streets of London to raise cash for cancer research.

Ann Walsh, who organises Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in Jarrow, took part in the Shine Walk alongside her daughter, Rebecca, 22.

The pair took on the marathon challenge through the night on Saturday, walking for nine hours before getting the train back home on Sunday morning.

Ann, from East Boldon, said: “We took in all the landmarks, we went over Tower Bridge and past Buckingham Palace and the Francis Crick Institute, which is where they do cancer research, so it was wonderful to see it.

“It was so tiring though and much harder than we thought it was going to be.

“We got the train down at 6.30pm on Saturday, walked right through the night and got the train back at 9.30am on Sunday. Rebecca had even done a night shift the day before so we struggled a bit.

“When we got to the 10-mile mark, I said I didn’t know if I could do another 10 miles and then another six on top of that, but we spurred each other on and kept going.”

Ann and Rebecca raised around £300 for the Relay For Life, which will go in the annual fundraising pot.

Now in its 10th year, Ann is aiming to raise £100,000 throughout the year in celebration of the milestone.

She added: “It was so much harder than the Great North Run. Obviously it’s twice the distance, but the atmosphere is just nothing like it is at the Great North Run.

“Here people line the streets and cheer you on to keep you going all the way, and when you get to the finish line there’s no feeling like it when everyone is there cheering and clapping for you.

“There was no one out at the Shine Walk and no one at the finish line, so it was a bit of an anti-climax when you got there.

“Rebecca is great company though and she spurred me on, I definitely couldn’t have done it alone.

“There were some pit stops along the way it was only there that you realised how may people were taking part.”

To make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rebecca-Walsh6 or text NGAJ99 to 70070.