Global walk is Leeds 84-year-old’s latest epic feat

Maisie Allan and her husband Peter meet Yorkshire Air Ambulance staff
Maisie Allan and her husband Peter meet Yorkshire Air Ambulance staff
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she’s already cycled 26,000 miles on an exercise bike and covered thousands of miles on a treadmill.

Now pensioner Maisie Allan is embarking on a new challenge – to walk around the world – despite having been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The 84-year-old from Rothwell, Leeds, will do it all without travelling the globe.

For she is to put on a pedometer to count her steps and walk the equivalent of a round-the-world hike, 65 million steps, all in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Mrs Allan said: “I’m just an ordinary Yorkshire lass wanting to do good for these amazing people.

“Every day is different. Sometimes I can manage around 10,000 steps, but others it may only be around 2,000. I may be getting slower but I’ll keep on going as long as I can still clock up the miles.”

The octogenarian has already completed a raft of fundraising feats for various charities, many at Rothwell Leisure Centre where she is a regular gym-goer.

In February 2008 she clocked up an epic 26,000 miles on an exercise bike.

She has also completed the Iron Lady challenge, which included 112 miles on a bike, 26 miles on the treadmill and 3,700 miles on the rowing machine.

She also did a 1,000-mile walk on a treadmill and has more recently completed a 900-mile static bike challenge, which together with other events raised over £3,600 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The former nurse, who calls her tumour Tommy, was told last year that her cancer was terminal but said she was determined to continue fundraising.

“I have always been very active, doing marathons and triathlons, and I find if I can focus on a physical challenge it helps a lot. I’m also very strong-minded so Tommy may slow me down but he’s not going to stop me.”

Mrs Allan has been honoured by the charity with a special recognition award and a VIP tour of the service’s new air base at the Nostell Priory Estate, near Wakefield.

She added: “While we were there they got a callout and in just four and a half minutes the helicopter was away. To see it take off was just fantastic.

“I have been fundraising for charities for about 20 years and Yorkshire Air Ambulance is my favourite. You know where the money goes, they do such amazing work and the people are so supportive and appreciative of what you do.”

To support Maisie on her walk-the-world fundraising challenge, visit her JustGiving page

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