Pat had been a walk leader with the Salisbury Walking for Health group for an incredible 16 years, before stepping down in June 2016.
When joining the group, Pat was already a committed walker. Suffering from a long standing back problem she found that walking helped her to cope. Pat says:
“Walking was the best thing I have ever done. By building it into my everyday life I was able to learn to cope with my symptoms and have a good quality of life.”
Pat has seen her walking group in Salisbury grow from around six or seven walkers to around 30 each week. She has used her own experiences to encourage and support others with similar problems, and always ensured that she got to know the walkers, their specific needs and abilities and was able to adapt routes according to the conditions and attendees on the day.
On 15th June Salisbury Walking for Health leaders gathered for a sumptuous cream tea to say a big thank you to Pat for her hard work, commitment and dedication in supporting her local community. Pat will not be putting away her walking shoes just yet as she still hopes to join in whenever she can.
Pat was presented with a ‘Certificate of Outstanding Contribution’ signed by Rob Wallis, Walking for Health Programme Manager and a framed photo taken on one of her favourite riverside walks.