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A Herefordshire woman is celebrating after completing a marathon 24-hour walk to raise money in a bid to save a dementia centre from closure.
The event in and around Leominster was organised by Kemble at Home, a care company based in Hereford, to raise funds for The Friends of Leominster Meeting Centre and was held during May 23 and 24.
The centre, which provides unique services and support for people with dementia, could close in August because the Alzheimer’s Society, which runs the centre, says there is no long-term statutory funding in place.
Sandra Taylor, business and marketing manager at Kemble at Home, agreed to complete the gruelling challenge and said the event was a great success.
“It was a big challenge but was actually really enjoyable. Walking in the dark wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and it was really nice to see the sunrise as we walked,” she said.
"I thought I would get sleepy but I didn't really. I guess with the adrenaline and everything it pushes you on.
"The hardest part was the last bit. It was really tempting to have another rest or just give in, but we kept going and I'm just delighted that we have made it."
David Seeney, 72, from the Excalibur Walking Club joined Sandra for the whole walk, and other people joined for various sections.
Sandra said she couldn't have done it without everyone's support, especially David for doing the whole route of nearly 60 miles with her.
“It was a marvellous thing to take part in and for such a worthy cause. We managed to raise about £700 for Leominster Meeting Centre, which was great and hopefully that will help continue the fight in an effort to keep it open,” Sandra added.
“It is a sad fact of life these days that such places are in danger of closing because of funding issues. They do a great job and are a vital part of so many lives of people who need the help and support to carry on.”
The walk was a circular journey around the Leominster area and consisted of six mini-walks in one, allowing people the opportunity to join in for as much or as little as they felt able.
Sandra said: “I would like to thank all those who took part in the walk or helped out in a support capacity during the 24 hours and all those who contributed to the cause.
“I would also like to thank those people at the various stops for allowing us to do that. There was such a lot of support and I am extremely grateful to everyone.”