Charity walk founder loses battle with cancer

Relatives of an animal lover who raised thousand of pounds for charity before she died from cancer have vowed to carry on her work.

The family of Wendy Bowering want to keep her memory alive and help the Helen's Trust, which provided vital support during her six-year battle, by continuing a walk she began last year.

Mrs Bowering passed away last month at the age of 63 after fighting breast cancer, bone cancer as well as undergoing a number of chemotherapy treatments and living far beyond doctors' expectations.

Her daughter Amanda Taylor said: "She just never complained and she fought it right to the last — she was brilliant."

The Great Longstone resident was well-known in the village for her love of animals and entered her dogs into Crufts on a number of occasions, with Florence taking a top prize in 2007.

In October, despite being unable to walk, Mrs Bowering set up Wendy's Wooftie Walk along the Monsall Trail for the Helen's Trust, which attracted hundreds of people and raised 3,500.

Mrs Bowering took part in the event in her golf buggy, which she used when taking her dogs out, and managed to secure the backing of Chatsworth's Duchess of Devon-shire.

Mrs Taylor said: "She would have wanted us to carry the walk on and keep raising money for the Helen's Trust. She loved that day so much."

Mrs Bowering grew up in Bakewell but lived in Great Longstone for 40 years. She leaves behind five grandchildren, two daughters Amanda and Joanne and her husband Gordon.

Mrs Taylor said: "Everybody knew her in the village and she was such a wonderful woman."

The Helen's Trust helps people with terminal illnesses stay in their own homes by providing support and advice.

Mrs Bowering's family hope to hold a walk on October 26 and people can find more about the event visit the www.wendyswalk.org.uk website.