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Walk of Life 2016 completed by over 350 supporters

In an emotional end to their 100-mile journey, local mum Nicola Noble and her Jack Russell “Flo” entered Bath’s Sydney Gardens to the cheers of well-wishers on Saturday.

Nic and Flo spent five days walking 100 miles around the catchment area of Bath’s Royal United Hospital to mark the tenth year of the Walk of Life in support of the hospital.

They were joined on the final day (Saturday May 14) by the 350 people who took part in this year’s Walk of Life, which constituted the final leg of their journey.

The 21-mile Walk of Life, from Devizes to Sydney Gardens along the Kennet and Avon Canal, was set up in memory of Nic’s sister, Vanessa Kyte, who died from breast cancer.

The money raised from the walk will go towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign, which is raising money for a new cancer centre at the RUH.

As Nic entered Sydney Gardens on Saturday afternoon, she was greeted by her mum, her nieces (Vanessa’s daughters), and her own children.

Emily Lynch, events and community officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, said: “It was a real family affair.”

Emily said this year’s Walk of Life attracted more walkers than ever before, and will hopefully raise more than last year’s total of £30,000.

“A wonderful day was had by all. The weather was just brilliant,” she said, adding a “massive thanks” to sponsor Kier Construction for all their support.

Nic’s 100-mile “Go with the Flo” challenge saw her and Flo visit the appeal’s four Community Fundraising Groups in Bath, Chippenham, Midsomer Norton and Warminster.

The pair set out from Devizes Wharf on Monday, May 9, and walked via Chippenham, Bath, Radstock, and Warminster back to Devizes, from where they began the Walk of Life on Saturday, May 14.

Each of the appeal’s community groups welcomed Nic as she arrived with a special event and fundraising activities such as yarnbombing, spinathons, and sweepstakes on the number of paw prints Flo made.

The Cancer Care Campaign is aiming to raise at least £8.5 million towards a new cancer centre to replace the outdated wartime oncology department at the RUH. The campaign has raised £7.2 million so far.

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