Walking challenge in support of Kate

Personnel of 34 Squadron, RAF Leeming, embark on the sponsored walk.
Personnel of 34 Squadron, RAF Leeming, embark on the sponsored walk.

Personnel at RAF Leeming endured blood, sweat and blisters when they took part in a gruelling walk to raise funds for an amazing woman.

Kate Ann Douglas has been living with cancer for six years after being diagnosed just two weeks after the birth of her daughter, Lola.

With hopes for treatment in the UK now exhausted, Kate Ann has turned to the Hallwang Clinic in Germany – which has produced some amazing results in the past, but with treatments costing in the range of £250,000.

Former school-mate Sgt Jonathan ‘Goldie’ Graham, based at RAF Leeming, heard about Kate Ann’s fund-raising efforts and decided to do something as part of a navigational exercise.

Over the course of three days, determined lads and lasses walked around 25 miles a day. Each carrying between 60-80lbs, they slept under the stars in freezing temperatures – and hoped to raise a bit of cash on the way.

Sgt Graham said: “Kate Ann has already raised around £190,00, which is amazing.

“We just want to do our bit and will be delighted if we can get to £3,000.

“We had been looking to raise some money during the exercise, and this seemed like the perfect cause.

“It was very hard work but well worth it when we saw Kate Ann at the end.”

With the team still nursing a few blisters and sore muscles, it’s not too late to donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/keepingkateanne