A woman from Ludford has overcome health issues to complete the 147 miles of the Viking Way to raise money for Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice and Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES).

A woman from Ludford has overcome health issues to complete the 147 miles of the Viking Way to raise money for Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice and Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES).

Caron Hunt, who is a cancer survivor, was also diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome two years ago.

“It is a debilitating condition,” said Caron.

“I have had to retain myself just to manage this chronic condition, just like so many other people who live with it every day of their lives.

“It has affected what I can do, having the condition means I am not as active as I used to be.”

And it was watching walkers in the Lincolnshire Wolds that spurred Caron on to rediscover her active side and support two local charities that are close to her heart.

She said: “I would watch walkers pass my window at home in Ludford and think about how I used to be able to do things like that and it really spurred me on to start training and try and support some local charities at the same time.

“I chose St Andrew’s as I have supported them for some time due to being a survivor of cancer myself and then working alongside them in my role as Macmillan nurse.

“I understand the immense importance to all the families concerned who use their facilities and for their continued support and existence.

“I am also a LIVES First Responder - it makes such a huge difference to the people of Lincolnshire to have this service ready and equipped to help when there is an emergency response required.

“Also, I wished to give something back to LIVES for the excellent training and provision of equipment, as it is all done through charitable donations and I continue to be supported and trained by them to support my community.”

Caron completed the marathon 147-mile stretch with daily walks over the period of a few weeks.

“My loyal dog Millie accompanied me most of the way,” said Caron.

“My husband would drop me off at my start point each morning and then drive to meet me at a designated end point.

“Then we would head home so I could rest up, ready for the next portion of the walk.”

The walk took Caron past some of Lincolnshire’s most famous landmarks, including the Humber Bridge, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and RAF Waddington; into Leicestershire past Belvoir Castle, before finishing on the banks of Rutland Water, just outside Oakham.

Caron said: “It was a massive sense of achievement to complete the walk – it was just a shame about the downpour at the end!”

In total, Caron raised £700 for Andy’s – the children’s unit at St Andrew’s Hospice.

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