Marathon mum Louisa Dye has finished her 500-mile charity walk – smashing her target and even managing a bit of a boogie to celebrate.
Louisa set off to walk 500 miles in March to raise money for the oncology unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in memory of her parents, Christine and Stuart Clarke, who both died from cancer.
And she said she was delighted at having completed her challenge.
“I partied the night away last night,” she said on the morning after she took her trainers off for the last time.
“I even managed to wear heels for two hours before moving into flip-flops!”
Sponsorship and donations from strangers she met during her walk – the equivalent of a marathon almost every day – means she has raised nearly £7,500 but she is keeping her Just Giving page open until May 1 for anyone inspired by her story.
Her own inspiration came from her favourite song – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – by The Proclaimers, who sent her a message to get her on her way.
During the walk she was joined by her dog, Stanley, husband Roger and children Emily and Henry as well as friends, family and children from Langley Prep School, who turned out for one of the stretches.
And although she will be enjoying a well-earned rest, the 44-year-old said there was lots to keep her busy in April.
“We have a house full of birthdays this month,” she said. “There’s never a dull moment.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louisa-dye500miles