A RAVENSHEAD mum who lost her son to leukaemia has helped raise £10,000 towards research into the illness by completing a sponsored east to west, coast to coast walk.
Susan Skillington and eight other walkers completed the gruelling challenge from St Bees in Cumbria to the popular North Yorkshire fishing town, Whitby, in 16 days
Fifty-seven-year-old Susan’s son James lost his fight against the disease when he was just 22 in 2002.
Since then she has been raising money for research, with proceeds from the walk going to the science department of Nottingham City Hospital.
Said Susan: “The trip was wonderful and the level of camaraderie was fantastic.
“There were birthdays and people celebrating births back home with champagne.
“We helped each other out a lot too. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of blisters.
“The scenery was magnificent - particularly as we went throughout the Lake District - because the weather was beautiful for the first 12 days.”
But Susan said she and her walking companions were relieved to cross the finish line.
“It was a wonderful achievement,” she added. “The majority of us were mature - there were a couple in their 70s and the majority of them had not done a long walk - so it was such an achievement.”
“We stayed in some fantastic B&Bs and some less good hostels. I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who helped and supported us. It far exceeded our expectations.”
The money raised was used to pay for an imaging analysis camera for acute myeloid leukaemia.
Now Susan is planning another trip from ‘Rome to home’ in spring next year.
The charity fundraiser is expected to involve cycling through Europe from the Italian capital, then walking from Dover to Nottingham.