Why my return visit to Humber Bridge is so special this time
A WALK across the Humber Bridge for charity may seem easy to most, but for Rebecca Bingham, it will be a test of just how much her health has improved.
Twenty four years ago, she took on the same challenge, in aid of the British Heart Foundation, in a wheelchair after undergoing major heart surgery.
And this weekend, she will retrace her steps and try to complete the route again – on her own two feet.
"I want to prove that by having a little faith great things can be achieved," said the 34-year-old mum-of-three.
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She is looking forward to joining other fundraisers to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Humber Bridge Walk in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on Sunday.
As reported, she was diagnosed at birth with having small arteries on one side of her heart, which meant that any physical activity could be life-threatening.
When she was nine, the BHF funded an operation to help the blood flow in and around her heart.
To say thank you, she took part in the Humber Bridge walk a year later in a wheelchair, pushed by her mum and sister.
Rebecca, of Clyfton Crescent, Immingham, said: "When I crossed the bridge in my chair a year after surgery, I could only hope that one day I would walk across it standing up.
"I feel as though my dreams have come true and the event on Sunday will be a celebration of my own.
"If it were not for the BHF, I would not be alive today, so I have a lot to thank them for.
"I took on my first ever charity walk for them in July, from Grimsby to Barton, and raised £258.
"This time I have not collected any sponsorship but have donated money myself to take part."
The BHF first organised the walk in 1987; last year, about 200 people took part in the event.
This Sunday's walk will also include a family treasure hunt and a prize for the top fundraiser – a voucher for dinner, bed and breakfast and use of the spa at Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort, in Broughton.
Rebecca is encouraging others to join in the walk.
She added: "People do not realise the great work this charity does until they need the help themselves.
"They gave me the chance to live a healthier life and I owe them so much for that."
Registration for the event starts at 9am with the walk starting at 10am. Entry fee for adults is £5. For more information, visit www.bhf.org.uk/humberbridgewalk