Grantham pensioner to fulfil promise to late husband by finishing 650-mile walk

Rosamond Robb, fifth from left, with members of her family on the walk between Sidmouth and Weymouth in July.
Rosamond Robb, fifth from left, with members of her family on the walk between Sidmouth and Weymouth in July.
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A pensioner who promised her husband she would finish a 650-mile walk they had started before he died has only 50 miles to go.

Rosamond Robb, 76, is raising money for St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham by completing the walk. St Barnabas cared for Barry through its Hospice at Home Nurses during the last few weeks of his life.

Rosamond, of Brandon, near Hough on the Hill, and Barry planned to finish the South West Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset, taking it in stages, but with only 100 miles to go Barry fell ill with cancer and died, aged 79, in June last year.

Rosamund walked another 50 miles last month.

She said: “I walked from Sidmouth to Weymouth with 15 members of my family which included eight grandchildren plus Marley, the dog. The weather was good and the walks strenuous, but good humour saved the day when we were flagging. It was quite a challenge logistically to get everybody in the right place at the right time.

“I am starting the last 50 miles on September 8 and hopefully by the end of the week I shall be passing the 630 mile Finishing Sign of The South West Coast Path with my promise to my husband fulfilled.”

Rosamond has already passed her target of raising £1,000 for the hospice and is now aiming to raise more.

If you would like to donate you can go to Rosamond’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/awalkforBarry

Janie McCormick, community events fundraiser for St Barnabas, said: “We are extremely grateful to Rosamond for choosing to support the St Barnabas Grantham Hospice £1 in the pot appeal by undertaking this challenge. She has done incredibly well so far and we wish her all the very best of luck for her final leg of the journey”.

Rosamond and Barry became keen walkers since retiring. Among the walks they have taken on are the coast to coast route and Hadrian’s Wall.