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Bexleyheath woman hikes 82 miles for childhood friend

PUBLISHED: 12:10 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:10 30 October 2015

Christine Barton with a picture of her childhood friend, Vicki Wright, The Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Christine Barton with a picture of her childhood friend, Vicki Wright, The Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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Christine Barton hiked across Cumbria to raise money in honour of her childhood friend who died of cancer

A Bexley mum is raising money for her childhood friend and mum of two, who died last year.

Christine Barton has raised nearly £1,000 after hiking 82 miles across St Bees to Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria, in memory of her friend Vicki Wright, who died of cancer in 2014.

She was given the idea by colleague Anthony Fredericks, a colleague at Broadway Shopping Centre.

On the second day of the hike Ms Barton pulled ligament in her knee, but kept going.

She said: “It was really hard and really steep! There were big hills and lots of rock climbing. My daughter Chloe did it with me and we decided to do it in my friend Vicki’s honour after she passed away last year.

“I’ve never had walking boots before and it’s the first time I’ve ever carried a rucksack on my back.

“My feet were so bruised afterwards and I think I’ll lose a few toenails as they were just battered but I know Vicki would be proud.”

Ms Barton has nearly doubled her initial target of £500 for Cancer Of The Unknown Primary Foundation.

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