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MELKSHAM resident, Mary-Ann Pickett, is in training to take part in the annual RUH Forever Friends Walk of Life, walking 26.2 miles along the Kennet and Avon Canal in memory of her brother-in-law.
The event has been postponed several times because of the pandemic, but will be going ahead on Saturday 18 September.
“Anyone who has needed the RUH for themselves, a family member or friend will be aware of the Forever Friends Appeal which is the official NHS charity of the Royal United Bath NHS Foundation Trust,” said Mary-Ann.
“A variety of projects has been funded over the years and any donation is a help towards funding for specific research, extra equipment or just providing little touches making a real difference to patients, their families and any visitors to the hospital.
“The Walk of Life was created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte, who passed away from cancer in 2007. The Walk is along the Kennet and Avon Canal starting at Bishop’s Cannings and ending at the Holburne Museum in Bath, 26.2 miles.
“There is also an option to do 10 miles stating at Bradford on Avon. This year also includes a third way to take part, walking throughout the month of September and recording mileage as and when possible, this innovation will be welcomed by many who cannot do the distance in one day and those who need to keep the social distance guideline.
“I took part in 2019 in memory of my sister and this year I’m walking in memory of my brother-in-law. My reason for taking part is to give something back to the RUH which is the hospital which most families in Melksham have needed at some point.
“I will do the marathon distance, with funds going towards the cardiology department and supporting staff affected by Covid-19.”
To support Mary-Ann and donate to the Forever Friends Appeal, visit the website: https://foreverfriendsappeal.enthuse.com/pf/mary-ann-pickett. Anyone without internet access wishing to make a donation can contact Mary-Ann on 07711 871750.