Hello Newcastle – Let’s do this!!!!

ra0001-croppedWell the time is finally here! This morning we set off from Norfolk to drive up to Newcastle to start our Hadrian’s Wall trek tomorrow morning. All the training has been done for our 84 mile walk and I feel so unprepared.

My Dad has had a UTI and is still weak, Auntie June has had a middle ear infection, Laura has just got back from a hen weekend in Italy and is hanging, and I have Osteoarthritis in my knees and a dodgy hip. What a rag taggle bunch we are but we are going to do this! We will complete the 84 miles over the next 6 days.

We picked up the support vehicle over the weekend which has been loaned to us at a discounted rate by Enterprise Cars in Chelmsford. My Dad (Alan) and my Uncle (Tim) shared the driving whilst me and my Auntie June chatted in the back of the car. It was lovely to see the Angel of the North and it reminded me of why we are doing this. We are walking to raise funds for Cancer Research and in memory of my Mum, our own Angel of the North, who passed away from Ovarian Cancer last year. Dad has spent the last year organising this trip for us independently and his nerves are shredded as he has never organised anything like this before. We are all anxious but excited and want to get started.

We finally arrived after lunch and checked in to the Jurys Inn Hotel in Newcastle. After dumping our bags in our room we went to check out Walls End Fort at Segedunum to get our Hadrian’s Wall passports so we do not have to worry about getting them in the morning before starting our walk tomorrow. We have our first stamp in the passport and we are set to go at 9.00 tomorrow morning.

It will be an early night for us tonight after our lovely meal at The Victoria Comet and a few bevvies so we are all fighting fit for tomorrow. I’m so looking forward to my comfy bed. We will have 15 miles to cover tomorrow. Bring it on!! The pain in my legs will be nothing in comparison to what Mum suffered and so many of my friends and family are suffering or have suffered through cancer.

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Here are some useful links and supporters:

Enterprise Car Hire Chelmsford


Jurys Inn Newcastle

Victoria Comet


Live the Life you Love

One year ago today I lost my best friend and the best Mum that I could have asked for. I was blessed to have her in my life for 38 years, to have her guide and support me and shape me in to the person that I am today. Mum always helped others and put others before herself and delayed many things that she wanted to do. So in her honour and because life is so short I’m going to live life to the fullest and with abandon. Her favourite saying was always ‘Live the Life you Love’. So I will.

So much has happened over this last year that I wish I could talk to Mum about, troubles I wish I could have worked through with her, wonderful new experiences she would be so proud of me and Dad for, watching my nieces grow and flourish, and new friends that I wish she could meet and tell her all about. I know though that she is here within me as she has made me the Woman that I am today. Thank you Mum! Oh and I am finally learning to drive Mum!!!

Mum was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer at the start of 2016 and after a very short and violent battle passed away on the 6th March 2016. To help prevent other families feeling the pain and grief that we did and all too painfully still do, my Dad, my Aunt and my friend Laura are going to be walking Hadrian’s Wall on the 31st May for Cancer Research UK in memory of my Mum. Watching someone suffer like that makes you want to do all that you can to help. We could only be there for Mum in the end so if we can help by raising money to help fight this vile disease then we will be content. We have set ourselves a £4k target and we are already on £3.6k so please help us to reach our target by sponsoring us and by sharing this blog.

Be at peace Mum and your family hopes we make you proud xxx

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Corporate and Charity supporters

Rosemary’s Cruisers just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund and The Finish Line for their support of our Charity walk.

With the support of corporate donations and charity funds we are getting so much closer to our £4k target for our Hadrian’s Wall Walk in memory of Rosemary Alexander who passed away after a short and aggressive battle with Ovarian Cancer in March 2016. We are now on 80% of our fundraising target!

Thank you for your donations as every single penny makes such a difference to the work of Cancer Research UK.

If you want to find out more about either organisation take a look here

The Finish Line

Stansed Airport Community Fund

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Walkies – Training walks with Taz my dog

Time seems to be flying by so quickly at the moment. As the nights are drawing in and winter is approaching I’ve been trying to make the most of the last of our warmer days and getting out for some training walks with my dog Taz. It’s not long until our Hadrian’s Wall walk in May 2017 and my lovely little pooch Taz is thoroughly enjoying me taking her out for all these lovely long walks.

Three years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was told that if I lost weight I could reverse the symptoms. I chose not to go it alone and joined Slimming World. When I was losing weight I did loads of exercise and Taz even used to come running with me. I lost over 9 stone with Slimming World, reversed my diabetes, and have now maintained my weight for over 2 years. Taz loved going for a run and was a great companion meaning that I could be more adventurous in where I was going. We even did a 5k Race for Life together with my local Slimming World Group. Since being diagnosed with Osteoarthritis I had to stop running and have slowly built up my walking again. Getting out for walks with Taz has been a great way to keep the weight off and she loves exploring around my local area.

Having her keeping me company on my training walks means that I can go further and further and my knees are slowly getting stronger. When it is warmer I try to get out early so she doesn’t overheat in the mid-day sun. I must admit she is a bit of a princess and she hates the rain and cold so I’m going to be investing in a coat for her for the winter.

Every night I have to do leg stretches and strengthening exercises for my knees and Taz see’s this as a great time to play. Every evening she brings her balls to me thinking that because Mummy is sitting on the floor it is play time.


Taz won’t be coming with my to Hadrian’s Wall but she is loving every second of my training.

If you would like to support us on our charity walk for Cancer Research UK in honor of my Mum Rosemary who passed away from Ovarian Cancer in March this year please donate via our Just Giving Page. My Mum loved Taz and we quite often went for little strolls when my Mum visited. Taz always snuggled down on Nanna’s lap at the end of the night when she stayed over so every second I spend training with Taz is her little way of helping me honor my Mum.

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New Training Programme Starts Today

I’m currently resting up as I had my first Personal Trainer session today at the gym to get me started on a strengthening programme. I’m hoping to get my knees ready for our Hadrian’s Wall Charity walk. I have Osteoarthritis in my knees, with no cartilage at all. I literally walk bone to bone so I need to ensure that my muscles are as strong as possible to support my knees to take on the challenge of walking the 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall. I already do strengthening exercises every night with leg weights but I wanted to introduce more in to my work out at the gym. I’ll be doing pool running when I go swimming. Using the leg weight machines, seated squats, ball presses between the knees, standing and floor leg raises, using the step machine and introducing more stretching to relax the muscles. All of this on top of increasing my walking mileage each week. I had my first session today and I am absolutely battered. It is all worth it though and helps me to get myself ready for this mammoth trek. It’s six months ago today that Mum passed away from Ovarian Cancer and I am determined to smash our £4000 target for Cancer Research. Please help me do this.

To read more about Osteoarthritis please visit here Osteoarthritis (OA)

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Genetic testing and hereditary ovarian cancer: Target Ovarian Cancer launches new information guide.

Our Charity walk along Hadrian’s Wall will help fund research to fight these illnesses and may help to uncover further Gene Testing that could save more lives. Target Ovarian Cancer released a new guide to help women through the process and the difficult decisons ahead. As I am going through this process at the moment it is a useful read and I hope this helps others too.

Target Ovarian Cancer Gene Testing Guide

Download the guide here

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Ovarian cancer test on horizon as scientists find earliest signs of disease


Ovarian cancer could be detected years before any symptoms emerge after scientists at Oxford University found a way to spot the first signs of the disease.

Ovarian Cancer Test Article


Number of lives which could be saved with earlier diagnosis


Number of people diagnosed with cancer each year (2013)


Annual deaths from cancer (2012)


Chance of living at least 10 years after cancer diagnosis (as of 2010-11)


Percentage of cancer cases which are preventable


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