Sponsored walk in the Shropshire Hills
By Elaine Spiteri, Outreach Worker
On Sunday 24th August, my friend and I completed a sponsored walk around the Shropshire Hills in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Katarina Blair, who very sadly passed away in July this year after a short but serious illness. We raised money for St Michael’s Hospice who supported Katarina through this difficult time.
Katarina loved to walk the Offa’s Dyke path and had completed several parts of the route, mainly in the Monmouth area. My friend, Rach (who used to work at Deaf Direct some years ago) planned the walk and got the maps (we got lost once which wasn’t bad going I suppose!) It was a perfect walking day, a bit cloudy but calm and warm. We experienced some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain that day. It wasn’t without its moments however… sore, tired feet, strong emotions and a few scares like when a herd of bullocks tried to ‘round us up’! I didn’t know so-called ‘domestic animals’ could be so threatening! It took us just over 8 hours to walk 11.5 miles! It was great fun though and I’d love to do it again.
My sincere thanks to all who sponsored me and for your generous donations; I know Katarina would have been really pleased that the money raised was going to help others receive the care and love needed at the Hospice, as Katarina did. Deaf Direct’s sponsorship total was £47.00 and my personal total £100. Our combined total was £287.00! Thank you all again for your support.