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Emotional 350-mile journey in memory of mum’s life to pass through Braunston

Written by on July 15, 2019

Article Published on Monday July 15, 2019 8:12 PM by


Emotional 350-mile journey in memory of mum’s life to pass through Braunston


A Dad and his two teenage daughters walking almost the length of England to raise money, starting in County Durham on July 23 and finishing in Surrey on August 6 will travel though Braunston as they take on an epic fortnight-long, 350-mile fundraising walk retracing the life of their beloved wife and mother Keta Hansen, who died from Motor Neurone Disease earlier this year.

Keta’s husband Kevin and daughters Hebe, 17 and Violet, 15, have already raised more than £150,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

They start their epic walk in Keta’s hometown of Hartlepool on July 23. On July 30, the family will end the eighth leg of the walk in Braunston and start from there again the following day as they continue their journey to Surrey.

The walk, dubbed the Journey of Keta’s Life, is the centrepiece of their push this year to raise a further £100,000.

People from Braunston are invited to support the family and their supporters by joining the walk for as long or as little as they want.

Kevin says: “Living with MND is the toughest of physical and mental challenges, but no matter what this terrible and debilitating disease threw at her Keta never moaned or felt sorry for herself.  Instead she always thought of others and made the best of every situation with a smile and a wicked sense of humour. Her selflessness was truly astonishing.  We miss her terribly.

“Keta was a huge inspiration to everyone who met her and inspired us as a family along with many of her friends to complete several fundraising challenges over recent years.  This year, having sadly lost her in January, we were desperate to embark on a particularly difficult challenge in her memory, so we can raise awareness, involve as many people as possible and raise as much money as we can.”

Keta suffered from MND for several years before her death earlier this year, aged 47.  Her family plan to cover more than 23 miles per day, taking in Oxford, where Keta was at university and where she met Kevin, then to Battersea, where the children were born, before arriving in Surrey, where the family has lived for the past seven years.

Sally Light, Chief Executive from the MND Association says: “Today in the UK, six people will hear the devastating news that they have motor neurone disease (MND). In that instant, their world – and the world of their loved ones – is shattered. Without incredible support like this from Kevin, Hebe and Violet the MND Association simply would not be able to fund research to find a cure, campaign and raise awareness of MND and provide its vital support services to those living with and affected by the disease.”

The family is asking that anyone who wants to donate in support of the walk and to help find a cure for this terrible disease visits their Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/streethansenfamily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ketasjourney/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ketas_journey

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ketas_journey/?hl=en

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