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Sisters’ marathon walk raises more than £1,800

‘Emotional’ is how sisters Debbie Sutton and Paula Dean described feeling after they joined hundreds of people whose lives have been affected by dementia to trek 26 miles to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Wolds Weekly reporter Debbie and her sister Paula tackled the challenging Alzheimer’s Society Trek 26 North York Moors event on Saturday 25th May in memory of their beloved dad Allan Hook who passed away a year ago after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

They said the atmosphere was amazing as they shared memories of their dad while they walked the 26-mile route which started at Whitby Abbey and followed The Cinder Track to Robin Hood’s Bay before continuing down to Ravenscar and heading back to Whitby along the Cleveland Way.

Debbie said: “It was an emotional day, but one we both loved.

“It was challenging in places and there were certainly a lot of sore legs and feet by the end, but we all felt such a sense of achievement and it was a privilege to take part in an event for such a worthwhile cause.”
Paula added: “It was a great day with a wonderful atmosphere.

“The event was so well organised and the route clearly marked, so we were never in any doubt about which way to go.

“The course was challenging in parts, with lots of steps to climb, but I really enjoyed the whole experience, and I was so proud of Deb and myself.”

The sisters said they have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from friends, family and neighbours who have helped them to raise more than £1,800 for Alzheimer’s Society.

They thanked everyone who has sponsored them and said they hope it will make a difference to the lives of others affected by dementia.

Paula said: “The achy legs and feet were well worth it when we saw how much money we had raised for the Alzheimer’s Society.

“Thank you to all the sponsors; the money will make a real difference.”

Debbie said: “The generosity that people have shown has been overwhelming and we can’t thank people enough.

“I would also like to say special thanks to Barrie Kitching, who helped to get me fit for the walk after I injured my calf playing tennis.

“It was emotional crossing that finish line and we had our dad in our thoughts all the way. I hope he would be proud of what we have achieved.”

To support Debbie and Paula, visit https://www.justgiving.com/page/d-sutton-1713899293160

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