Grandmother’s charity hike

Anne Sheehan's travels
Anne Sheehan's travels
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A Sheffield grandmother is undertaking a three-month walking challenge to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Anne Sheehan is marking her 60th birthday by walking from her home city of Sheffield to Santiago de Compostella, in Northern Spain - a journey of about 1,250 miles.

Anne, who lives in Dore, is hoping to raise £2,000 for Macmillan with the challenge, which she decided to undertake to thank the charity for its support.

“Both my parents died two years ago, as the result of cancer, and Macmillan nurses really looked after all of us throughout that difficult time, making sure we had everything we needed for both of them. They are always prepared to go the extra mile - and did for us, on many occasions - so now I decided it was my turn to do a few miles for them.”

Anne began her walk on April 5 and is expecting to reach her destination at the beginning of July. The mum-of-two is keeping her supporters up to date with her challenge via a daily blog, featuring an update of how many miles she’s covered, and photographs from the places she visits along the way.

“I walked part of this route many years ago, and always wanted a good reason to do the whole thing,” said Anne, who runs A S Music School in Woodseats.

“It’s a sort of birthday present to myself and, although it’s been quite a challenge already, I’ve been having the most fantastic time. My husband walked the first leg with me and will be joining me again later, and my children have both been so supportive.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and supported so far.”

Visit anneesheehan.tumblr.com for details.