Diss café owner Katie Rich said she felt like she was hearing about cancer “all the time” over the past few months, as family and friends were being diagnosed with the illness.
She decided the best response would be to support Cancer Research UK’s fight against the disease — so starting on March 1, she will walk 10,000 steps every day for the entire month to raise money.
Mrs Rich, who runs Katie’s Kitchen in Hales Yard, where she is also a cook, told the Diss Express: “Unfortunately, a lot of my friends and family have become quite poorly recently.
“The last few months, it’s felt like nothing but. You just feel so helpless. This is my way of trying to help out.”
Weeks away from beginning the challenge, Mrs Rich said there had already been strong support for her fundraiser from customers at Katie’s Kitchen, who have donated around £200 to the cause, at the time of writing.
She believes this is because the plight of cancer is something which everybody can empathise with.
“It affects everybody and everyone is touched by it,” she said.
“Everybody who comes in knows somebody, whether it’s a member of the family or a friend, whether they have lost a loved one or they are going through it themselves.
“I think it used to be quite a taboo subject and people didn’t want to talk about it. But now awareness has been raised and people are talking about it more.
“We have been really lucky. So far, everyone has been really generous.”
Mrs Rich stated she would be posting daily pictures of her pedometer on Facebook in March, so people could keep track of her progress.
She explained the experience of running her business had prepared her quite well for the challenge, clocking up around 14,000 steps on the pedometer just through her day-to-day activities in the café — the difficult part, she said, will be reaching the 10,000-step target on days off.
To contribute towards the cause, see http://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/katies-kitchen