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Breast cancer survivor raises £8,000 for charity after completing 200 mile walk

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

  • Jo Colley

  • Jo Colley during her trek

  • Jo Colley after completing her challenge

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ADVENTUROUS Jo Colley, who has battled breast cancer, has completed a 200-mile walk in memory of two close friends, raising £8,000.

But the mum-of-two from Hucclecote is now looking forward to her next challenge.

Jo was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and spent months having treatment, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and was given a drug to help fight two receptors, called estrogen and the aggressive HER2.

Jo, an eyelash extension specialist, completed her fundraising walk, raising the mammoth sum so the battle against cancer can go on.

She did the walk in memory of Anne Marie Jones who had breast cancer and Andy Kelly who died of throat cancer.

Jo walked along the coastal path from Minehead in Somerset to Perranporth in Cornwall over 12 days.

Each day she walked in memory of someone going through the illness or has been.

Jo said: “It was an amazing experience. The third day was probably the hardest, what was meant to be a 25 mile walked ended up being 30 miles. My feet were swollen and I ended up with blisters. One day we went to the pub after finishing that day’s walk and people were giving me donations.”

Now Jo is looking to write book on her experience and her challenge.

She said: “I also want to add stories of the people I walked for. So many people messaged me to say can you walk a mile for their friend or relative, so it would be nice to include their stories. Some of them are positive but some are tragic.”

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