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Donna Blackman, from Epple Bay, has been taking part in the Kent MS Therapy Centre’s Run with Mum challenge this March with her son Cooper to show her appreciation for the Centre.
Here’s what she had to say about why she signed up:
“I decided to take part in order to feel that I was ‘doing something’, for myself and to keep moving despite having Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. There’s added motivation to raise funds for a charity that I have benefitted from. I can do it along with my son, who is, of course, my biggest motivation to keep moving.”
As they live by the sea, they’ll be getting their steps in by walking along the 27 mile long Viking Coastal trail in 3 mile sections all the way from Epple Bay to Minnis Bay. Cooper also wants to take a cross country route from Minnis Bay to his school.
Donna has had the company of good friends and Cooper as her walking companions.
She says: “It feels like this challenge is a win, win situation! For myself, for KMSTC and for my Cooper. I’m really enjoying taking part!”
Donna and Cooper have already raised over £300. If you want to donate to their challenge you can do so here: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/mum-walking
The Run with Mum event challenges people to complete 140,000 steps in March to celebrate Mother’s Day and to acknowledge the 140,000 people currently living with MS in the UK. People can take part in person with their mum, virtually with their mum or in memory of their mum.