Friends walk for research

Happy memories: Judith Schmuhl with her late husband Bob
Happy memories: Judith Schmuhl with her late husband Bob
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Three friends with a combined age of 200 are planning to walk 200 miles to boost funds for families affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

Judith Schmuhl, 72, who lives in Preston, lost her husband Bob to the disease in 2011 and is planning to walk Coast to Coast from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire in his memory.

She will be joined on her epic adventure with friends Ann Parr and Penny Cook, who are both aged 71.

Bob, a retired director of textile firms, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease three years ago and he and Judith appreciated the support given by the Central and East Lancashire Group of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

After Bob’s death in 2011, Judith continued her association with the group and helps in a secretarial capacity.

Judith aims to use the walk to raise £1,000 for the group which provides support, guidance and advice for people affected by MND and promotes research into causes and treatments.

Judith, who was married to Bob for six years, said: “My husband did the walk some years ago and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps.

“I am finally getting to do so and raise money to help others living with MND at the same time.”

The trio will set off on June 17 and plan to reach Robin Hood’s Bay on July 4.

MND is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease that can affect any adult at any time. The cause of MND is unknown and there is no cure.

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