AN INSPIRATIONAL Flintshire woman is taking on a unique walking challenge in aid of charity.

Diane Sanna, from Penyffordd, is walking nearly 260 miles for the Stroke Association.

Diane, aged 65, will undertake the 'Three Clocks Challenge' - which will see her walk from Big Ben in London, to the Eastgate clock in Chester and finally to the Millennium Clock in her home village of Penyffordd.

Diane, a former teacher of 37 years at Whitby High School in Ellesmere Port, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.

Thankfully, she was finally given the all clear in 2019.

"After finishing my treatment for breast cancer I felt so incredibly lucky to have survived," Diane said.

"I have tried to support charities ever since. This time I have chosen the Stroke Association and it will be my biggest ever challenge.

"I’ve seen how devastating a stroke can be, not only to the victim but also to their loved ones. It has happened to two close family friends, one of whom sadly passed away when she was only 30."


On April 29, Diane will begin the challenge - which is about 257 miles and will take her roughly three weeks to complete. 

Diane said: "I will make the journey as far as possible as I can along the canal routes and friends and family will join me along the way."

She has a JustGiving page dedicated to her challenge, which you can donate to at: She has so far raised over £1,000.

Diane, a mother of two and grandmother, is no stranger to fundraising for good causes. 

She ran the London Marathon in 2019 - raising over £6,600 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. During the Covid lockdown, Diane made and sold chocolate bouquets for Prostate Cancer UK, and raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK by setting herself a challenge to have a photo with each of her friends.

The Leader:

Before her 60th birthday, Diane walked the equivalent of 1,000 miles on treadmills - raising more than £1,300. 

She also plans to run the Manchester half marathon this October. 

Diane said: "In 2012, I also had a Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) - a mini stroke. 

"But I don’t dwell on that - I’m a person who sees life as half full never half empty, I’m celebrating life. In fact, October 15 this year it will be exactly 10 years to the day when the consultant told my husband and I that I had cancer."