Stevenage mum Kerry will be walking on a prayer this weekend with a charity hike to remember her parents

Kerry Hammond and her neighbour Peter Miller are taking on the Thames Path Hike to raise money for M

Kerry Hammond and her neighbour Peter Miller are taking on the Thames Path Hike to raise money for Macmillan. CREDIT: Kerry Hammond. - Credit: Archant

An inspirational Stevenage mum who lost both her parents prematurely to cancer will take part in a marathon hike to remember them this weekend.

Kerry Hammond and her neighbour Peter Miller, who both live in Merrick Close in Great Ashby, are gearing up for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Thames Path Mighty Hike on Saturday.

The friends will be walking the 26.7 miles between Windsor and Henley to raise money for Macmillan in memory of their loved ones.

Kerry’s dad, Phil Lee, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2011 and given nine months to live. Tragically he lost his battle in March 2012.

Just nine months later, Kerry’s mum, Carol, died from leukaemia. They were both just 57 years old.

Kerry, 37, said: “They were both trying to put on a brave face for us, so nobody wanted to talk about it. We ended up crying and not talking, but Macmillan staff were always there for us if we had any questions.”

Kerry said she didn’t really get the chance to grieve for her dad, because she was caring for her mum, but that Macmillan later organised for her to see a counsellor.

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Kerry said: “I have three young children. I could have easily curled up in a ball and done nothing, but I carried on for them.

“Macmillan has always been there for us and I want to give something back now.”

Peter is taking part in the challenge to support Kerry and in memory of his grandmother, who also died from cancer.

He said: “We all have some experience of this disease. I’m doing this hiking marathon to honour their extraordinary bravery in the face of the cruellest of illnesses and to support the vital work Macmillan does.”

The pair have so far raised £2,500. Kerry said: “We’re overwhelmed by the support from everybody around us and I want to thank everybody who has donated so far.

“I just pray my mum and dad are with me on the day, pushing me to get to the finish line.

“I know it’s going to be emotional.”

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