Walked night and day in memory of nan
Kirstie and her mother Claire
DETERMINED Kirsty Knight of Launceston and her mother Claire raised more than £3,300 by walking 62 miles nonstop in memory of her nan, who died of a brain tumour.
Kirsty, who is a lab manager at the Specsavers Launceston store, and her mother were taking part in the epic Race to the Stones ultramarathon to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research, a UK-based medical research charity aiming to find a cure for brain tumours of all kinds.
Kirsty and Claire had originally aimed to raise £500 each, but donations from Kirsty’s colleagues and customers, as well as friends and family, pushed their total to three times their initial estimate, with funds still coming in.
The gruelling trek, through the day and night, is held annually in Oxfordshire, with daytime temperatures this year topping 30 degrees.
But the sweltering heat, aching limbs and blistered feet didn’t deter Kirsty and Claire from finishing their task within 22 hours.
Kirsty said: “The memory of my Nan, who was my mother’s mum, kept us going. She was an amazing lady and we miss her very much.
“She was well known to many people in and around Launceston, having been involved with the Girl Guides for decades. She helped so many people.
“Nan and Grandad were like second parents to me. My siblings and I were there most weekends. We’re a very close-knit family.
“On the walk, it was extremely hot, without a lot of shade, but the comradery between everyone, bearing in mind all our feet were in pieces, was amazing. Everyone was helping each other. It was a brutal day but a fun one too.
“We are absolutely thrilled to raise so much, given that so many people are strapped for cash at the moment. I’m so grateful to everyone who gave a donation.”
Rachel McClelland, director at the Specsavers Launceston store, paid tribute to Kirsty and her mother’s determination.
She said: “We are so proud of Kirsty’s achievement. She has applied the same drive and determination to this challenge as she always does to her work.
“Raising such a substantial amount of money for such a worthwhile cause is testament to her caring nature.”
Anyone who would still like to donate to Kirsty and Claire’s total can go online at www.justgiving.com/team/teamracetothestones
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