Fundraiser Elaine walks the world

Desborough mum Elaine Hammond is trying to raise �20,000 for charity after being told she has only years to live
Desborough mum Elaine Hammond is trying to raise �20,000 for charity after being told she has only years to live

A Desborough mum who has been told she has only years left to live is hoping to raise £20,000.

Elaine Hammond, who has secondary breast cancer, has set up the World Walk initiative, which will take place in May and see events in the likes of Milton Keynes, Hadrian’s Wall, Ireland and Australia.

Her first event, at Milton Keynes Pagoda, takes place next month.

The 50-year-old was diagnosed in November 2012, having put off her seeing her doctor for several months.

She said: “I had actually started feeling unwell in March which meant the cancer had been able to spread through my bones in my neck, spine and pelvis.

“I thought I was suffering with a bad neck pain so had been taking a Neurofen tablet at night. I have got a high pain threshold.

“My doctor told me the average life span is three-and-a-half years. But that is an average and based on old information. I am two-and-a-half years in and feel brilliant.”

Around the same time Elaine lost eight friends to cancer in as many weeks.

This, combined with a desire to support charities which have helped her fight the disease, spurred her to set up World Walk.

She said: “If more research had been done maybe those deaths could have been avoided. Cancer Research do a fantastic job. I take a tablet each day which keeps me well and that is thanks to them.”

Elaine, married to husband Stephen, 54, and mum to Ashley, 22, and Robyn, 19, is a keen walker and scaled the Andes and Alps prior to becoming ill.

She said: “I had always wanted to do Mount Kilimanjaro - that was going to be my project.

“I went up Ben Nevis in September to see how I would cope and although I got to the top it was a real struggle. I realised I wouldn’t have the stamina to do Kilimanjaro.

“I was so frustrated but Steve said how about walking the route of Hadrian’s Wall? It’s about 80 miles and linear and I could probably cope with that. At the time it was just going to be a personal challenge but I got speaking to a friend who does quite a few sponsored walks and she asked if she could come along. Then more and more people said they wanted to join in and that’s when I got the idea for the event.

“I have a niece in Australia who said she wanted to do it so that’s when I thought to make it global.”

Elaine is keen for other people to arrange their own walks between May 10 and 17. While Elaine is raising money for Cancer Research UK, Macmillan and Willen Hospice, others may fundraise for different cancer charities.

World Walk Initiative

The walk at the pagoda, which is at Willen Lake North near Milton Keynes, takes place on Saturday, May 10, from 9.30am.

There will be a choice of five, 10 and 15 mile walks.

Elaine will be at the event, although she is unsure whether she will be able to complete the walks.

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