Jun 12, 2003, 08:47:00
By Faye Casey
Stafford Express and Star
A brave Staffordshire woman who is battling a debilitating disease summoned the strength to walk almost three miles to raise £1,000 for a children's charity.
Lyn Evans, of Oulton Way, Stafford, put her wheelchair to one side to complete the charity challenge for Wolverhampton-based Purple Dreams.
The 55-year old has had multiple sclerosis for the last five years, and finds it very difficult to walk even a short distance.
But she set herself the challenge to raise cash for the charity which grants the wishes of terminally ill children, to help youngsters with even more problems - and to help herself.
She, her friend Sue Woollams and golden retriever Billy set off on their charity trek on Tuesday morning.
They walked from her home up the Eccleshall Road, through the cemetery and over Doxey Marshes before coming back.
All in all the pair walked between two-and-a-half and three miles in about two-and-half hours.
Mrs Evans said her fundraising mission was inspired by the security guards who work with her husband Graham at the Mander Shopping centre in Wolverhampton.
Over the past 12 months they have held a number of fundraising events, including a charity football match with staff from another centre.
"I thought I had got problems but these poor little kids have got more problems than I have got. I lay in bed one night and thought I wish I could do something for this charity, and decided on the walk," said Mrs Evans.
"The walk to me was like a fit person doing the marathon and I had to sit down a couple of times. But I pushed my wheelchair around, I was determined not to sit in it, and I walked all the way.
"Afterwards my little legs were shaking but I felt good about it and have raised £1,000."
A spokeswoman for the charity said Lyn had their support every inch
of the way, and her achievement was incredible.
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