Maria has completed 10k-a-day challenge for Cancer Research UK

A local family lawyer has successfully walked 155 miles in a month - five miles every day - in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Maria and Belle.

Maria Parker, who lives in Louth and works at Hodgkinsons Solicitors in Skegness, recently developed arthritis in her feet, which made walking five miles (10,000 steps) every day in March all the more challenging.

Cancer Research is a cause close to Maria’s heart which is why, in February 2021, she pledged to take part in the ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ event, led by Cancer Research UK.

As previously reported in The Leader, Maria took on the challenge inspired by a friend.

Maria Parker out on one of her daily walks.

Speaking last month, Maria said: “I decided to do this as my beautiful and brave friend had such fantastic care in her battle against cancer.

“Her journey is amazing and encouraging for anyone facing this disease.

“Let’s help other people like my friend have the treatments needed, and research to hopefully one day rid the world of the word ‘cancer’.”

Through her hard work and dedication, Hodgkinsons were thrilled to announce that Maria has raised £500 for Cancer Research UK.

Every penny raised will help in the fight against cancer, by enabling Cancer Research to reach their goals.

Maria Parker said: “I am grateful to have been able to complete this challenge.

“Walking 10,000 steps a day is nothing compared to what cancer patients have to face.

“Anything I can do to make it better for them, I will do.

“It is a great way to raise much needed funds, and I would recommend it to anyone.

“If we all pledged to do just one challenge, think of what a difference we can make.”

Maria was not alone on her challenge – as she was joined by her young labradoodle, Belle, a ‘lockdown pup’ who loves to go on long walks.

The money Maria has raised will make a difference:

• £5 can kit out a Cancer Research lab with the essential chemicals they need for day-to-day experiments.

• £25 can fund a cancer nurse for an hour, to offer confidential support and guidance to people affected by cancer.

• £50 can buy a scientific sieve, which are vital for revealing clues about beating cancer.

l Donations can still be made by visiting https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/marias-walk-all-over-cancer-fundraising-page-2875