A ROCESTER cattery owner is taking on a 100-kilometre walk in aid of the hospital unit which helped her through breast cancer.
In May, 55-year-old Maria Greasley, owner of Dove Flatts Cattery, in Barrow Hill will embark on her personal London to Brighton challenge in aid of the Burton Breast Care Unit along with her sisters Sharon Mccall, 54, and Julie Makins, 52.
The family team hope to walk a ‘gruelling’ 100 kilometres within a time frame of 33 hours and will walk through the night to achieve their goal.
Ms Greasley said: “In 2012 after a routine mammogram and further biopsy I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“The care and support I received immediately after my diagnosis and during my treatment from the Burton Breast Care staff was superb.
They do a superb job and continually need to raise funds to enable them to continue and improve on their excellent work.
From my consultant Mr Bucknall, through to all of his nursing team, nothing was too much trouble.
“Each stage was carefully and sympathetically explained to me.
“As a thank you, once I had recuperated and felt strong enough I decided I would like to undertake a personal challenge to raise as much money as possible for the Burton Breast Care unit.
“I wanted to do something that would push me to the limit.
“I came across the London 2 Brighton 100-kilometre walk and immediately felt this was the challenge for me as I had never attempted anything on this scale before.
“The walk has to be completed in a maximum time of 33 hours and we will go without sleep for the night in order to complete the walk, so it really is a mammoth challenge.
“As soon as I mentioned the challenge to my sisters they both wholeheartedly supported me, so much so, they decided to join me on the walk.
“This is great news for Burton Breast Care unit as we now have to treble our fundraising efforts.
“Without your generous donations this will not be achievable, so please, dig deep and donate as little or as much as you possibly can.
“Every little helps.
“As part of our fundraising efforts, we will be holding a charity bag packing day at Tesco, Uttoxeter on Sunday, March 2 so please come along and show your suppprt.”
Ms Makins said: “My sister and I wanted to support Maria on her chosen challenge and what better way to do that than by agreeing to complete the challenge with her.
“Having only ever completed in one Race for Life event before, this challenge really will be pushing me to the limit too.”
Those wishing to sponsor ‘Team Greasley’ should visit their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/maria-greasley or sign a sponsor form at the cattery. More information is available at www.london2brightonchallenge.com