Walker raises £1 million for Cancer Services at RUH

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Warminster woman invites people to join her at the Walk of Life to say ‘one million thank yous’.

Nicola (Nic) Noble, from Warminster, is inviting her local community to join her at the Walk of Life on Saturday 11th May.

The Walk of Life is organised by RUHX, the official NHS charity of the Royal United Hospitals Bath. Walkers can choose between 10 miles or a marathon distance along the Kennet & Avon Canal, to raise vital funds for their local hospital.

The charity’s sponsored walk started in 2006 thanks to Nic and her sister, Vanessa Kyte, both determined to raise funds to improve cancer facilities at the RUH, including the Dyson Cancer Centre, opening imminently in spring this year.

Vanessa, known by her friends and family as ‘Ness’, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. She received her treatment from a fantastic team at the RUH, but during this time was aware that the facilities were out of date and in desperate need of replacing. Ness sadly passed away after the cancer progressed in 2007, but she made Nic promise to carry on their passion for fundraising.

Nic has kept her promise by leading the Walk of Life every year since, helping it to grow into the beautiful celebration it is today, with hundreds of local people stepping out to support their hospital for loved ones and those who cared for them.

She is on track to reach her goal of raising an extraordinary £1 million for the hospital by April this year and is asking everyone who has helped her reach this to join her for the 10 mile walk from Bradford on Avon to The Holburne Museum in Bath, to say one million thank yous.

Nic said: “I can’t believe after 20 years of fundraising we have reached a million. Please walk with me on the 11th May to celebrate every pound that has been donated to this wonderful charity.

“It’s very difficult to put into words how much this means to me and how much it would mean to my inspirational sister Ness.

“Let’s put our heart and ‘sole’ into it and walk for every pound donated that will make such a difference to so many lives.”

Registration is open until the end of April and you can sign up for your place here:  https://ruhx.org.uk/events/walk-of-life/