Julia gets ready for 630-mile walk

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Julia Pitchford is to walk 630 miles in memory of her dad Roger.

More than 19 years ago Mr Pitchford – who lived in Rushden and Higham Ferrers, and ran the village shop and post office in Nassington – was diagnosed with a brain tumour on the pituitary gland. He died nine years ago.

Now 37-year-old Julia, of Irthlingborough, hopes to help others who find themselves facing a similar situation by raising at least £3,000 for Brain Tumour UK.

She will complete the South West Coast Path walk over 34 days, setting off on Tuesday from Minehead and finishing in Poole Harbour, Dorset, on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17.

She said: “I have always done stupid stuff for charity – abseils, bike rides – but nothing seemed big enough.

“We always go on holidays in Devon and a couple of years ago I saw pamphlets for the walk and thought ‘this could be good’.”

Miss Pitchford was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last year but said she would not let it get in the way of her completing the walk.

She said: “I thought ‘no, I am still going to do this walk, I’m going to go for it’ – something is pushing me on to do it. Now it’s getting closer I am really looking forward to it, everyone is saying it will be an adventure and I will get to meet people and see the sights.”

Miss Pitchford said she wanted to thank Belkin in Rushden, where she works in the warehouse, for letting her have the time off and supporting her efforts.