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TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Garston widow walks 100km to honour husband and father in law

 Published on: 28th June 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

Garston resident Joanne Atkins, completed a 100-kilometre walk from London to Brighton to raise money for Peace Hospice Care.

The London 2 Brighton Challenge 2022 took place on May 28 and was Joanne’s seventh 100km challenge. Joanne has raised money for a host of charities close to her heart, but this year and this charity was of extra significance.

She said: “The reason I chose Peace Hospice this year is not just because it’s a wonderful local charity, but they cared for my father-in-law in his last weeks as he battled cancer. He sadly lost that battle in February 2020.

“Then my husband who had been suffering from depression & addiction tragically took his own life in September last year. Glyn was very close to his Dad & was devastated by his death.

“I thought this would be the perfect way to remember them both. I’m so glad I did them both proud.”

Joanne smashed past two of her targets with the walk. At the time of writing, she has raised £1,375, well above her £1000 goal. Joanne also recorded a personal best time, completing the walk in an incredible 20 hours and 28 minutes.

“My start time was 9am. There are eight rest stops along the way. I tried to keep my stops to around 15 minutes or less. I crossed the finish line just before 5.30am on Sunday morning very sore and exhausted, but the feelings of pride and accomplishment you feel as you see the finish line in sight & know you’ve got a new PB is something that’s really hard to describe. That’s what keeps me signing up for them each year, I guess!”

Joanne’s JustGiving page is still open to donations, which can be found here.

You can learn more about Joanne’s story and fundraising challenges here.

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