Glastonbury resident Katie Bridge is in training and getting ready to walk 26.2 miles in memory of her brave dad, Pete Bridge, a much loved local man who sadly lost his marathon battle with cancer last year.

Katie will be joining the hundreds of walkers in this year’s Walk of Life event on Saturday 11 May.  Almost 400 people have signed up and will follow the route along the Kennett and Avon canal from Bishop Cannings, near Devizes to the finish line at the Holburne Museum in Bath.

Anyone interested in taking part should sign up now on the charity’s website.

Katie Bridge, aged 50, from Glastonbury said:

“I’m doing the Walk of Life to raise money for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – it’s my way of giving back to the hospital which cared for my dad so well over the years. My dad began treatment for skin cancer at the RUH in 2009 and over the next eight years he had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and radiation therapy to shrink the tumours.

“In 2018, he attended the RUH numerous times and his last six week stay was on the wonderful Waterhouse Ward, where we slowly realised that nothing more could be done. But, thanks to the hospital staff and the lovely carers at Dorothy House, he got his wish to come home.

“He wanted to make Christmas but sadly he lost his marathon battle with cancer just before, on the 22nd December 2018. Whenever I visited the RUH, I always noticed the events organised by The Forever Friends Appeal, so it was an easy decision for me to take part in their Walk of Life event, to support the RUH and say thank you. I am hoping I can help raise much-needed funds for the new Cancer Centre.”

The Walk of Life offers people the choice of two walking distances – either the full 26.2 miles or walk the 10 miles, joining the walkers in Bradford on Avon in the afternoon heading to finish in Bath.

Last year’s Walk of Life event raised over £100,000 for the Royal United Hospitals Bath. That money has helped fund a number of projects including the RUH Cancer Care campaign for the new Dyson Cancer Centre, the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre, as well as support wards and department in the hospital.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“It’s just a month until the event, so there’s still time to sign up if anyone wishes to take part. We are hoping to see hundreds of people join us and Michael Eavis CBE will be at the start line to set everyone off on the walk. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special edition 20th anniversary Walk of Life t-shirt and finisher medal.”

The Walk of Life event is open to both men and women and costs £25 to register. Participants are asked to raise a minimum £100 for any ward or department at the RUH close to your heart, or one of the charity’s major campaigns, the RNHRD and Therapies Centre and the Dyson Cancer Care.

In return, The Forever Friends Appeal will provide walkers with lots of fundraising and training support, as well as complimentary refreshments and treats, there will be cake at the finish line, as well as a medal and plenty of finish line celebrations.

To sign up and book your place on the Walk of Life click here