Golden girl Barbara walks 100 miles for charity

Barbara Wetton celebrated her Golden Wedding anniversary by walking 100 miles around her garden to raise funds for charity.

Barbara and husband Joe had expected to celebrate with friends and family on March 21, but the coronavirus outbreak changed their plans.

Barbara, from Stafford, is no stranger to fundraising being a Rotary Club of Stafford Knot member so decided to mark the occasion raising money for the NHS and Katharine House Hospice.

She said: “I have been a customer of our NHS since birth and owe it a huge debt. Just before Christmas I had treatment that now necessitates me staying in ‘lockdown’ which is very frustrating, so the walk was a way out.”

It seems the weather was on her side, with it raining only once during the weeks she walked.

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She added: “The sunshine has been a huge bonus. I haven’t lost an ounce of weight but feel much fitter. I have discovered Podcasts and enjoyed the Great Lives set hugely, music has been my companion most of the walk but there are only so many times you can listen to Sloop John B.

“I know every weed and stone in our garden intimately and our local blackbird, Pavarotti, was singing as I achieved my goal. Hurrah. The hardest part was the last 10 miles. However, it has all been worth it.

“At the time I started PPE was in short supply so some of the money that has been raised went to buying the visors.

“The rest will go towards the hospice which put out a plea that they were worried about funds as all their functions and shops etc were closed and cancelled so their regular income had stopped. Who knows, we may need them one day.

“Thank you to everyone who supported me, especially the members of the Rotary Club of Stafford Knot, it looks as if, with gift aid, the final total will be around £2,000. It has been an experience I shall never forget but I will not be putting in for the walk in the next Olympics.”

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