Warminster resident Nicola Noble, known as Nic, has begun a daily walk along the canal, culminating in a marathon walk of 26.2 miles at the RUHX’s Walk of Life event on Saturday, 20th May.
Nic’s walk holds a profound purpose, one that she has passionately pursued for the past 16 years: honouring her sister’s legacy and fulfilling her final wishes.
The Walk of Life, a sponsored event that started in 2006, owes its existence to Nic and her sister, Vanessa Kyte.
Both determined to make a difference, they set out to raise funds for the enhancement of cancer facilities at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
Vanessa, affectionately known as ‘Ness’ by her loved ones, faced a breast cancer diagnosis in 2000.
During her care from the dedicated team at the RUH, Ness recognised the urgent need for updated facilities.
Sadly, Ness passed away in 2007 as the cancer progressed, but not before she made Nic promise to carry on their passion for fundraising.
True to her word, Nic has spearheaded the Walk of Life each year since then, transforming it into a remarkable fundraising celebration.
The event now draws hundreds of local participants who step out in remembrance of their own loved ones while supporting the RUH.
Nic has embraced numerous incredible challenges throughout her fundraising journey, and her seven-day canal walk serves as the culmination of her pledge to Ness – her aim is to raise an astounding £1 million for the charity’s Cancer Appeal.
With the support of dedicated fundraisers like Nic and Ness, the forthcoming Dyson Cancer Centre is set to open its doors at the RUH in the autumn of this year.
The state-of-the-art facility will revolutionise cancer care, benefitting approximately 500,000 individuals in the South West region.
Nic said: “My last promise to my beautiful sister is nearly complete. I can’t believe the Cancer Centre will be finished this year. The walk has helped so many wards, projects and families, especially mine.
“Each year I remember Ness and my first walk 17 years ago with her by her side. The memories of my little sister never leave me. The walking and raising funds for the hospital have continued to heal me. Thank you RUHX.”
Nic has helped raise £925,000 to date through her challenges, support from the community and with the Warminster & District Fundraising Group.
You can support Nic’s final promise to her sister, and help her reach £1 million, here.
The Walk of Life is a walk for everyone, offering a 26.2 mile and 10-mile option along the scenic Kennet & Avon canal.
Registration closes on 18th May, and you can sign up for your place here.