Mother walks the English countryside in memory of son

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 September 2011

Melanie on her 202 mile walk in memory of her son Jacques

Melanie on her 202 mile walk in memory of her son Jacques

Melanie Phelps

A MOTHER has completed a sponsored walk, which covered 202 miles across the English countryside, in memory of her 12-year-old son who died of a brittle asthma attack.

Melanie Phelps, aged 47, of Kewstoke, raised more than £1,750 to split between the charities Bereaved Parents Together, which she founded, at Crossroads Care and Crossroads Care North Somerset.

Melanie completed the walk alone, trekking continuously for 14 days. She said: “It was far more challenging than I thought it would be, as the terrain was quite difficult, and the constant walking really took its toll.”

The walk was in memory of her son, Jacques, as it was the fifth anniversary of his death.

Melanie said: “It felt appropriate to do something significant in his memory and it also gave me time to reflect and be alone with my thoughts.”

Melanie made it across the Yorkshire dales and the North York moors and admitted there were some low points on her walk.

She said: “I had a few low days when having to cover 23 or 25 miles a day and these longer days weren’t helped by the wet weather.

“Despite wanting to give in on a few occasions, and the overall physical and mental challenge, I found I really enjoyed the experience.”

She said: “I really just want to say a big thank you to the people who have supported me in one way or another, and in doing so have helped support these charities and touchingly helped me in remembering my son and marking this sad time.”

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