Tributes paid to late fundraiser, 85, whose round-the-world step challenge was cut short

Peter Allan looks at a picture of his late wife and Yorkshire Air Ambulance fundraiser Maisie Allan from Rothwell. Picture by Scott Merrylees.
Peter Allan looks at a picture of his late wife and Yorkshire Air Ambulance fundraiser Maisie Allan from Rothwell. Picture by Scott Merrylees.
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The husband of a brave fundraiser has paid tribute to his “determined” late partner after she succumbed to cancer, aged 85.

Maisie Allan, from Rothwell, was aiming to walk 65 million steps as part of her challenge to walk the equivalent of a lap around the earth to raise cash for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

She had walked 3.5million steps as part of her extraordinary fundraising challenge to raise £1,700 for the charity.

Maisie was also commended for doing a fundraising 900 mile static bike ride for YAA at Rothwell Leisure Centre despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013.

Her husband Peter, 78, paid a loving tribute to the former Waddington’s print factory shop steward, who spent over 20 years of her life raising money for good causes.

“She was a very strong woman, she was very strong-willed. I dare say I don’t think they will get everyone in the church on the day of the funeral,” he said.

“She would never give up – she thought more about other people than she did herself.”

Maisie, who also suffered with osteoarthritis, passed away at St Gemma’s Hospice last week. Her funeral cortege will roll past Rothwell Leisure Centre before her funeral next week so staff can pay their tributes.

She was well known to YAA and was recognised with a special supporter award.

Kerry Garner, regional fundraising manager for the YAA, said: “Maisie was a wonderful lady and it was a real privilege to get to know her during her time fundraising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. She was such a character and really was an inspiration to so many, showing us all that no matter what your situation, anything is possible.”

Maisie’s funeral will take place at Holy Trinity Church, in Rothwell, on Thursday, January 29, from 10.45am.

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