Amanda Rothwell (left) whose father died of cancer in 2009, with her mother Lorna (image: Amanda Rothwell)

A woman whose father died from cancer more than 10 years ago has been walking 10,000 steps a day to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s Walk All Over Cancer campaign.

Amanda Rothwell, 51, from Liverpool, noticed the Cancer Research UK challenge online.

She said: “Since I would usually do the Race For Life I decided to do this one instead.

“Cancer is something close to my heart because I lost my dad to the horrible disease.

”it’s a great way to keep fit while also raising money for an important cause”
Amanda Rothwell

“It was a very hard time for our family and that’s why I believe the research is so important to stop this from happening in the future.”

Walking 10,000 steps a day is the equivalent of around five miles for most people and Amanda believes it to be a great form of exercise.

“It’s easy to do and take part in as well as the fact that it’s a great way to keep fit while also raising money for an important cause.”

Audio: Amanda Rothwell talks about why she decided to take part in the challenge

The impact of coronavirus has meant charities have been hit hard, with many unable to run their fundraising schemes in a normal way.

Cancer Research UK has had to put its Race For Life on hold and Nicki Embleton, the charity’s regional elations manager in Nottingham, said: “Like many charities, Cancer Research UK has suffered a devastating lowering of income.

Audio: Nicki Embleton talks about her own experience with cancer

“We’re going to be losing around £160 million of our income, so without that support we’ve had to make cuts into our research.”