A TRIO of selfless fundraisers have collected thousands of pounds for a Flintshire charity.
Sisters Lindsay Turner, 41, and Sally Magrath, 39, joined forces with friend Katie Jones, 35, to walk 50km in a single day raising £2,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Support Centre in Saltney.
The centre provides support for more than 300 people from the surrounding regions who suffer from the disease, including Lindsay and Sally’s father Phil Greenlees, who has been going to the centre for more than 25 years and is now a trustee.
The group took part in the Thames Path Challenge on Saturday to raise money for the centre, which offers advice and treatments including physiotherapy and oxygen therapy.
Full-time mother Lindsay said: “It went really well, we did it in 10 and three quarter hours and I think that is an achievement in itself considering the current climate.
“It’ll be massive for the centre and any little helps so it’s great.
“I would like to say thank you very much to everyone who donated.”
Lindsay said the group, who call themselves the Blister Sisters, only started struggling towards the end.
“To be honest it wasn’t too bad but the last 10km were very hard because we’ve already walked 40km and in the last 10km it was all hilly and we were walking over styles and things”, she said.
“When you are close to the end and can see the end it’s horrible when they then put hills in your way.
“We had three stops where we stopped for cake and a cup of tea.”
She added the group would love to do more fundraising in the future.
Lindsay and Sally have taken part in a number of challenges in the past, normally taking part in the MS six-mile challenge.
The money-raising event, which has been taking place for more than 20 years, involves teams of up to 14 people carrying somebody with MS in a wheelchair over a gruelling six-mile course in the foothills of Snowdonia.
This year, they couldn’t take part because of a family wedding, so decided to do the 50km walk instead.
Dad Phil, from Mold, said the achievement was a “fantastic effort”.
“They have done as well as they would have done if they would have done the MS challenge by raising around £2,000.
“It’s very important because it’s unrestricted money.
“A lot of the grants we get is for specific things but when people do sponsored walks or anything it’s wonderful.
“I’m very proud, it’s a wonderful achievement.”