127-mile walking challenge from Devizes duo raises more than £1,000 for charity

June 7th 2018

A daring duo from Devizes NHS Treatment Centre, who took on a 127-mile walking challenge to raise funds and awareness for people living with epilepsy, have raised more than £1,000.

Cara Pearl, an operating department practitioner at the centre, was diagnosed with the condition in her mid-30s. It took a toll on her life, which is why she and a colleague from the centre in Marshall Road took on the blister-inducing challenge that saw them walk from Avebury to Lyme Regis in a seven-day challenge.

She explained: I had no indications that I had epilepsy until the seizures began. They continued for two years until my treatment stabilised my condition. For two years I was unable to drive or to do my work assisting in operating theatres. I was fortunate that the NHS were able to move me into an office management position until I could return to theatre, but not everyone is that fortunate.

Cara took on the walk with the centre’s patient administrator, Helen Blumsom, who also lives in Devizes. Cara said: It was a hard walk with very mixed weather. We received so much support from our colleagues - not just sponsorship, but also joining us on training walks, including one from Avebury to Stonehenge. It has been a real team building exercise.

Devizes NHS Treatment Centre is run by Care UK and Cara will now be applying to its Working in the Community fund to further boost their fundraising total.