A woman from Sutton on Sea has turned the love of walking her dog into a charity crusade to mark World Haemophilia Day and has raised over £100.
Local academic Dr Amanda Cook-Jones and her seven-year-old Newfoundland dog Blackberry Bear both dressed in their charity t-shirts, walked 11 miles from Sutton on Sea to Anderby Creek and back again.
The charity walk helped to raise over £100 in sponsorship and was a way for Amanda to raise awareness for World Haemophilia Day that took place on Thursday, (April 17).
The Haemophilia Society is a charity that is very close to Amanda’s heart as both of her children have Haemophilia C, which is a bleeding disorder that affects both genders.
Amanda explained: “It meant a lot to me to be able to complete the walk and both of my children felt very proud and said it was a fantastic achievement.
“The main reason I decided to do this walk was to raise further awareness for Haemophilia C, as this type of Haemophilia can affect both men and women and there are a lot of people out there that still don’t understand what this condition is.”
Amanda added: “Luckily it was a cool day, so with a couple of sit down stops and lots of water for rehydration, Blackberry Bear and myself enjoyed every step of the way.
“After receiving texts and messages along the way from my son Christian, 25, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, my daughter-in-law Raywisa, who is in Thailand, and my daughter Rachael, 24, who was waiting for me at Anderby Creek with more cold water supplies, gave me continual support throughout the day and spurred me on to complete the walk.
“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that sponsored me.”
The Haemophilia Society, which is based in London, supports a wide range of bleeding conditions and continually strives to promote further research and support for its members.
For more information about Haemophilia and the work of The Haemophilia Society, visit their website: http://www.haemophilia.org.uk.