Kate Middleton, a solicitor at prominent Essex law firm Palmers Solicitors, has overcome her own illness to raise more than £3,500 for blood cancer charity Bloodwise by leading a team of ‘Walking Warriors’ along the 50km Thames Path Challenge.
Kate, who works in Palmers’ Private Client Team, decided to tackle the Thames Path Challenge upon learning about the vital research into Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) – a condition which Kate herself was diagnosed with in 2013 – which Bloodwise funds and supports.
Alongside her “Walking Warriors”, a team made up of family members and friends, Kate tackled the 50km walk to raise awareness of CML and other types of rare blood disorders.
Following the event, in which Kate and her team managed to beat their ambitious fundraising target of £2,500, she said: “The Thames Path Challenge was a truly amazing experience, for so many different reasons. Some of these include spending time with family and friends whilst training, challenging myself physically and raising both money and awareness for a truly worthy charity”.
In June 2016, Kate’s consultant sanctioned reducing her own CML treatment dosage by half. Around the same time, she saw a blog on the Bloodwise website about the remarkable progress being made in research for a cure for CML – made possible only as a result of Bloodwise’s funding.
“I decided it was time to put my renewed energy levels to good use, especially not knowing how long it may last,” she said.
“So I got together with friends and family and convinced them that walking 50km for Bloodwise was the best thing they would do that year! – I was not wrong!”