Jessica Marcer (organiser) and Altius colleagues Gary Plant, Peter Brookes, Lisa Wade, Joanna Tallis and Shelley White have completed a 12 mile sponsored walk to support Mesothelioma UK and Lupus UK. Two years ago Jessica’s uncle was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and sadly passed away a year later after a long and difficult battle. She felt she needed to make people more aware of the asbestos related cancer by doing this walk. Lupus is a condition that has also affected her family.
The walk took place at The Lower Manifold Valley in the Peak District. Jessica didn’t anticipate quite how difficult the walk was going to be and wasn’t fully prepared for what was about to happen. Things started well, if a little damp, but soon got quite muddy. It wasn’t long before Jessica lost a shoe to the mud. This was the funniest part of the journey especially as Jessica had been adamant it was fine to leave her laces untied. Shelley too wasn’t quite expecting so much mud and how slippery it would be, she also ended up getting stuck at one point and had to ask Gary to help her.
After 7 hours of continuously climbing muddy hills and coming close to free roaming farm animals, Jessica is proud of herself and her team for all the support given and money raised; which was a massive £150.00 for Mesothelioma UK and £249.50 for Lupus UK.
Jessica would like to say a massive thank you to Altius, her colleagues and sponsors for their support in raising awareness of Mesothelioma and Lupus!