A WOMAN battling a thyroid condition will reach Leighton-Linslade this Sunday having completed 150 miles of a 200-mile canalside trek in support of charity
Author and historian Jill Liddington is doing the three-week walk to raise funds for the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF), and is inviting local people to join her along the way.
Jill, from West Yorkshire, started her towpath trek earlier this month. At 10am this Sunday she is leaving Fenny Stratford and heading towards Leighton-Linslade via Stoke Hammond. The walk ends next in London’s spectacular new Granary Square near King’s Cross.
Before setting off, Jill said: “I have had hypothyroidism for two years now. An underactive thyroid gland leads to severe fatigue, so this walk will be a significant challenge, and I know how crucial it is to raise public awareness of thyroid problems.”
She said she wanted to support the charity because it had helped her to understand the debilitating condition better. “I find hypothyroidism experiences vary a great deal, such as levels of fatigue, as do speeds of recovery.
“Initially I found it frustrating to discover exactly how I fitted into the pattern, but BTF provided lots of useful information.
“It is a small health charity that does a great job in keeping up-to-date with medical research and maintaining contact with people like me who have thyroid illnesses - of which hypothyroidism is the most common.
“So I do hope everyone will support my sponsored walk. It will really make all the difference!”
Jill is inviting as many people as possible to join the walk for any part of it, whether it is for half an hour or a full day.
For full details, go the BTF website www.btf-thyroid.org/index.php/getinvolved/Jill-Liddington-s-canal-walk
To make a donation and leave a cheering message for Jill, visit her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Jill-Liddington-2013 On Twitter go to @britishthyroid and #JillLiddington for updates.