Amy, who helped to launch the Walk to Remember campaign to raise funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall, has dedicated the last four years to supporting the hospice.
Sue Ryder’s Walk to Remember takes place throughout October, with the official walk day taking place tomorrow, October 17. It follows in the footsteps of an earlier event devised by Amy and a committee of family and friends as a way of keeping her mum’s memory alive.
Amy, who works at BGL’s contact centre in Bretton, helped launch the event as a thank you for the care her mum Tracey received. The first walk took place in Peterborough in May 2017.
Amy, 29, of Walton, said: "When we held the first event, we didn’t know how it would go but we were delighted to raise £10,000. It just grew from there and, last year, we had more than 400 people and raised £20,000. It was a really special day.
"This year, because of coronavirus, we wanted to do a virtual event allowing people to choose their own route and time to walk safely and socially-distanced. Sue Ryder got in touch and said they wanted to take the idea and do it nationally – I felt really proud."
Amy has raised £40,000 through cake sales, a skydive, a walk through the Sahara Desert and the Walk to Remember.
She said: "My mum had cancer and was cared for at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, firstly for respite treatment to manage her pain, and later for end of life care. I just wanted to say thank you for how they looked after my mum and my family – they made those last moments special. I just want to keep fundraising to keep her memory alive."
Nilesh Patel, community fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice said: "It has been amazing to watch Walk to Remember grow in support over the years and it’s just fantastic the event now has a national footing, with the potential of raising many more thousands of pounds for our palliative, neurological and bereavement charity, and Amy has been integral to this.
"With cancelled fundraising events and no clear indication of when our charity shops will return to normal trading levels, now - more than ever - we need the support of our local community so we can continue to be there when it matters. Everyone at the hospice shares their thanks with everyone taking part in Walk to Remember this month – we are with you every step."