Stepping out for charity

Joseph Bulmer

Torrington friends embark on epic charity coastal walk

TWO Torrington women have challenged themselves to do a 100-mile charity coastal walk.

Helen Marchant and Paula Bolt hope to complete the Padstow to Barnstaple trek in just five days to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Helen’s sister Kay was diagnosed with leukaemia five years ago. Paula’s dad David died of a heart attack aged 43 when she was just 15 and her brother Andrew died four years ago aged 36 after suffering from cardiomyopathy for several years.

Both women are passionate about the work of the two charities.

Helen, 44, said: “My sister, who is a non-smoker and only an occasional drinker of alcohol, was leading a healthy life prior to her diagnosis.

“Unfortunately leukaemia is not selective and can strike anyone at any age.”

Helen, who has been tested as a bone marrow donor, added: “Although I am a perfect match, thanks to this wonderful charity and all the new treatments that they are developing I may never have to donate my bone marrow but I wanted to give something back for all the help and support they have given to my sister.”

About the British Heart Foundation, Paula, 42, said: “The work they do is second to none and the support my brother received during his illness was amazing.

“This is a great way for me to give something back to such a great charity and the work they do will motivate me to complete the 100-mile walk.”

The friends, who both work at Torrington Dental Practice, will start their walk on August 20.

They have already raised �350 in sponsorship and donations and the Torrington Cavaliers have pledged a further �250 to their cause.

They have organised a cake and produce sale in Torrington Square on Saturday, July 2 from 9.30am to 12noon and are holding a grand draw in the Square on Saturday, August 7.

Helen and Paula would love to hear from anyone who can help by way of donation.