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Mum-of-two completes epic walk

PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT woman has completed a gruelling 270-mile charity walk to raise money in memory of her mother.

Toni Parker left her home in Fir Lane on October 2 to walk to Liverpool to raise £5,000 for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and finished her lengthy journey yesterday morning.

A LOWESTOFT woman has completed a gruelling 270-mile charity walk to raise money in memory of her mother.

Toni Parker left her home in Fir Lane on October 2 to walk to Liverpool to raise £5,000 for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and finished her lengthy journey yesterday morning.

Ms Parker, 34, took on the challenge in memory of her mother, who died of lung cancer in November 2005. The single mother-of-two lost eight and a half stone while training for the charity event and walked 20 miles a day to reach her destination.

She said: "It has been unbelievably challenging. You can train to get your fitness and stamina up, but you can't prepare for it mentally.

"You really have to force yourself to carry on, particularly when it is raining and you ache all over. I'm glad I've done it and raised the money for a charity doing such great work, but I'm just looking forward to getting home and seeing my kids."

She walked alone but was accompanied by friend Dave O'Rourke, who drove a motor home donated by Simpsons Motor Group in Yarmouth.

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