Lynn completes the 2.6 challenge for Hospice At Home West Cumbria


Lynn McGaw from Egremont is a member of the Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s nursing team. Along with her husband Ali and daughter Bryony (and dogs Daisy and Buddy), they took on the ‘2.6 challenge’ over the last month, walking more than 2.6 miles every day, over a 26 day period.

They initially aimed to raise £300 through sponsorship on their Just Giving page, but to date they have raised an incredible £335. 

Lynn said: “We decided to do the challenge because in lockdown we were already taking advantage of a walk for our daily allowed exercise with our dogs so why not raise some money for Hospice at Home West Cumbria at the same time by pushing ourselves to do that little bit more. We most definitely did it as a family: myself, my husband Ali (who uses crutches to mobilise), our 10 year old daughter Bryony, and not forgetting the dogs Daisy & Buddy.  We were so lucky with the weather with only a few spots of rain on one day! We walked a different route every day and having to cover at least 2.6 miles daily has allowed us to discover walks accessible from our front door that we never knew existed, despite living here for 8 years. We covered almost 3.5 miles some days depending on the route.  We have definitely exceeded the 67.6 miles we had planned to do over the 26 days”

Lynn added: “I’m into my 4th year of working with Hospice at Home West Cumbria and feel as one of the registered nurses I’m not just an employee but an ambassador for all we do. As such, it’s important for myself and my family to do our bit to raise funds. I had planned to do this year’s KAPOW! again so with it being cancelled due to the restrictions imposed with Coronavirus, this has given us the opportunity to do something else instead”

Lynn used the Strava app to track their daily walks, and uploaded their daily routes and distances to her Just Giving page to show their supporters where they had been, even on the days between her night shifts. 

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Little Ireland | Cleator Moor | Cumbria: Lynn completes the 2.6 challenge for Hospice At Home West Cumbria
Lynn completes the 2.6 challenge for Hospice At Home West Cumbria
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