A remarkable local woman is planning to walk over 100 miles, to celebrate a decade of fundraising with The Forever Friends Appeal.
Nicola Noble, 53 from Warminster, started fundraising for the Appeal in 2003 with her sister Vanessa Kyte. Vanessa had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, and as part of her treatment had to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. Vanessa and Nic decided to raise funds to improve Cancer facilities at the RUH, finding them much outdated and in need of modernization. Despite undergoing grueling treatment, Vanessa found the positives in every situation. As such, she went on to enter the Bath Half Marathon in 2003 supporting The Forever Friends Appeal, even stating that at least it made it “easier for me to run!” Together, Vanessa and Nic went on to take part in a huge variety of fundraising activities for the Appeal, including wing walks and moon walks. Finally in 2006, the sisters worked with the Appeal to set up “March Miles”, a challenging annual fundraising walk around the RUH catchment area, which later evolved into the Appeal’s “Walk of Life”, along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Devizes to Bath.
By 2007, Vanessa’s breast cancer had progressed, leaving her unable to complete the March Miles walk. Even at this stage, Vanessa refused to sit by and watch, and joined Nic for March Miles for as much as possible, even being wheeled down Milsom Street with a band playing to finish the final leg!
Vanessa sadly passed away on 15th November 2007. Today, Nic continues to help with the annual organization of the Walk of Life in Vanessa’s memory in order to see Ness’s dreams of a new Cancer Centre at the RUH realized. Every year the Walk of Life raises tens of thousands for the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which is raising a minimum of £8.5 million towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the hospital. To date, Vanessa and Nicola have raised over £255,000 to improve Cancer Care facilities at the RUH.
2016 will mark the Walk of Life’s 10-year anniversary and therefore the first year of Vanessa and Nicola’s initial March Miles event. In honour of this, Nic is planning to recreate the very first March Miles, by walking around the hospital catchment area with individuals who have offered special support to her, the Appeal, and her much-loved Jack Russel, Flo, over the past 10 years.
The last leg of Nic’s ‘Go With the Flo’ walk will take place on Saturday 14th May 2016, to purposefully coincide with the Appeal’s 10th annual Walk of Life along the Kennet & Avon canal – and Nic is now inviting you all to join her for this final leg of her challenge by signing up to take part in the 2016 Walk of Life.
The Forever Friends Appeal’s annual Walk of Life is a 21 mile positive walk to celebrate life. Every year the walk takes place from Devizes to Bath, along the beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal. Walkers can choose to walk the full 21 miles from Devizes to Bath or 12 miles from Devizes to Bradford on Avon or 9 miles from Bradford on Avon to Bath. By taking part you can choose to fundraise for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign or a ward or department of your choice at the hospital. Last year over 300 people took part in the 2015 Walk of Life raising over £30,000 to help transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.
To mark a decade of the Walk of Life, Nic and little Flo will be walking over 100 miles in the week leading up to the Walk of Life. In order to complete their own impressive challenge, and keep Nic’s promise to Ness to ensure better cancer facilities for future patients, they are now looking for sponsorship from local people, groups and businesses.
Nic comments, ‘One promise, ten years, hundreds of walkers and thousands of pounds – a wonderful legacy for my beautiful sister. I am taking on this challenge to celebrate ten years of amazing fundraising, by walking around the community which will benefit so enormously from this new Cancer Centre.’
‘I am asking local businesses, groups and individuals to get involved however they can, whether it’s by sponsoring my walk with Flo or joining me for the final leg by entering the Walk of Life. How amazing that local people can help to provide the building blocks of a pioneering Cancer Centre which will transform care for thousands of local patients and their families for years to come.’
If you would like to sponsor Nicola or would like more information about her walk, please contact The Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825825.
Alternatively, if you would like to support Nicola and Flo by joining them in the 2016 Walk of Life on Saturday 14th May, please visit our walk page to sign up. Discounted earlybird places are available until 31st January 2016 with general place entries open until May 2016.