Mum and daughters take some big steps to help beat cancer

Lin Coley, 50, and her daughters Harriet, 18, and Evie, 15

Lin Coley, 50, and her daughters Harriet, 18, and Evie, 15, will take on the Virtual MoonWalk - Credit: Andrew Coley

Three members of the same family in Axminster will be stepping out for charity later this month when they tackle the Virtual MoonWalk.

Lin Coley, 50, and her daughters Harriet, 18, and Evie, 15, had planned to take part in the event last year but due to the pandemic it was postponed.

The MoonWalk is organised by Walk the Walk and raises money for cancer charities. 

Last year’s event was due to be staged overnight in the streets of London.

And with some lockdown restrictions still in place this year, organisers decided to set it up as a virtual event, with participants taking part across the country.

The family decided to take on the challenge close to home and have been training to tackle a route of 26.2 miles.

Over recent months, they have been walking along various lanes in East Devon, taking in the likes of Uplyme, Lyme Regis, Axmouth, Seaton, Colyford and Colyton.

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Mrs Coley, who runs Swizzle and friends, which sells a range of environmentally friendly products, said taking on the Virtual MoonWalk in area, brought its own challenges.

She said: “When we originally booked our slots for the MoonWalk in London, we were looking forward to the atmosphere of all the different people taking part and encouraging us as the night went on.

“But by doing it at home means we will be missing out on all the camaraderie, which is a shame, but we still wanted to do our bit.”

The three of them are still finalising their route but the organisers have arranged for it to take place during the day and will be texting out inspirational messages to encourage the participants to achieve their goals.

Mrs Coley said: “We are planning to stay fairly close to home, so if anyone sees us walking on Saturday, May 15, feel free to offer us some encouragement.

“We are looking forward to what is going to be a long day and we know it is going to test us but it will be a great achievement.”

If anyone would like to sponsor the Coley Girls team, they can do so at https://walkthewalk.enthuse.com/pf/coley-girls 

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