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Kerry Keeps Memory Of Grandad Alive

Year 8 student Kerry Sapsed, and her family, were devastated last year when her Grandfather succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer, one of the most dreadly diseases as it has the lowest survival rate of all common cancers. Following her Grandads passing Kerry, her Mum Laura and older sister Heather decided that they should raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK. For a few years the trio have followed the 1000 mile walk challenge from Country Walking magazine but have never reached the target milestone. And so, with renewed energy and determination they are well on their way to reaching their goal by the end of the year.

In January Kerry jogged just over 30 of these miles (she had a target of 50km) and in February she jogged 28. In April, the family are going to challenge themselves to walk a total of 24 miles in each full week. By breaking down the 1000 mile target into smaller challenges it will make the target more achievable and keep the momentum going.


Mum, Laura, said “During the snow week Kerry was still out every day. We can get a little competitive when we do a weekly mileage tally as we are each on slightly different totals- no one wants the lowest mileage at the end of a week! Kerry is enjoying the walks and has surprised me with how well she has taken to jogging as a complete newbie to this. She says it is good for her mental well-being and that it is also upholding her Grandads wishes for his Grandchildren to be out enjoying fresh air!” 

Mrs Palmer commented “Kerry’s current mileage is 170 miles which equates to roughly 340,000 steps so far this year! Now that’s something to be proud of. Amazing work by Kerry, her Mum and her sister. If anyone wishes to donate to this incredibly worthwhile cause please use this Just Giving page: “