Pioneering Kath’s Kenya challenge

DARING DUO: Kath Adnitt (right) and sister Diane Ashworth are cycling 400km in Kenya. SP93115
DARING DUO: Kath Adnitt (right) and sister Diane Ashworth are cycling 400km in Kenya. SP93115

SMILING sisters Kath Adnitt and Diane Ashworth look like any normal pair saddling up for a charity bike ride - albeit a gruelling 400km adventure across Kenya.

But there is a twist to their fundraising challenge for womens’ cancers as Kath is the first person with a prosthetic leg to take on the challenge.

Even more extraordinary is the story of how she lost her leg, after simply standing on a shell on a girls’ holiday six years ago.

This tiny incident left just a normal cut but transferred a rare bone infection so aggressive doctors eventually had to remove her left limb below the knee.

Yet determined Kath refuses to let anything stop her.

“I wanted to challenge myself,” said the 49-year-old, of Broom Drive, Grassmoor.

“I think a lot of people think that because you’re disabled you can’t do anything so I wanted to challenge myself just to show people that you can.

“Life’s for living, you never know what’s around the corner, this could happen to anyone.”

After the holiday in Ibiza Kath’s leg swelled and was painful. Doctors initially wanted to amputate her big toe.

Kath added: “The doctor came back to me the next day and said ‘I’m really sorry Kath but the bone just disintegrated in my hand’.”

“I thought it was serious but not as serious as that.”

The first day Kath returned to work at Endeavour Training, helping young people with outdoor pursuits, she was up a mountain.

And proud sister Diane recalls her giving up crutches only two days after getting her new leg. She now has four, including one for going out.