A Diss woman and her family are to embark on a six-day trek across Hadrian’s Wall in a bid to raise money to help support others who are coping with the loss of a loved one to cancer.
Sarah Alexander, 39, said she wanted to raise £4,000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of her mother, Rosemary, who was diagnosed and died from ovarian cancer last year.
“She was my best friend and my rock,” Miss Alexander told the Diss Express.
Miss Alexander, a self employed sales manager, will be joined by best friend Laura Young, from Scole, father Alan, from Chelmsford, and her aunt June Haynes, from Cambridgeshire.
They will begin their 84-mile challenge in Newcastle on May 31, with her uncle Tim Haynes as the support driver.
Miss Alexander was last featured in the Diss Express in November 2014 after shedding nine stone and reversing her type 2 diabetes in a life-changing transformation.
She was my best friend and my rockSarah Alexander
She said her mother was “so proud” of her slimming success.
“She was my best friend and my rock,” she said. “She came along with me to a photoshoot that I did for a Slimming World Magazine story.
“She was always helping others, putting everyone first before herself, and was so proud of my weight loss, telling everyone and especially all of the nurses and carers at the end about my success story.
“If we can smash our target and help Cancer Research to prevent other families feeling the loss that we do, we are in our own way honouring mum and her generosity and kind nature.”
So far, more than £3,600 has been donated. Miss Alexander said her father had always wanted to complete the walk across the famous landmark.
She added that training had begun, which had included a couple of small charity walks.
“I think if we completed the walk and hit the target, my dad would be over the moon,” she said.
Miss Alexander praised the support of her Diss Slimming World group and consultant Jane Aldous, and has been able to maintain her weight loss.
She said she was not even able to walk to the corner shop without getting out of breath – and her new life meant she could tackle challenges such as this.
To donate to their Just Giving page, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alan-Alexander2016
Keep up with how Rosemary’s Cruisers progress with their training and challenge online at their blog at rosemaryscruisers.wordpress.com