Grandmother is oldest person to take part in Shine walk
A grandmother was the oldest person to take part in Cancer Research UK's night time walking marathon Shine.
Doreen Offredi, 85, of Wimbledon, donned fairy-lights and glowsticks to join 16,000 people at the event running overnight from September 28 to September 29.
The fit octogenarian, who was joined her nephew Robin, managed to complete the marathon in 10 hours, faster than some people a quarter of her age.
She was raising money in memory of her granddaughter Maxine, who died of a brain tumour three days before her 16th birthday.
Shine, now in its third year, invites walkers to illuminate themselves with lights, glowsticks and sparklers to walk through London overnight.
Walkers could walk 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles, setting off from Battersea Power Station and taking in the major sites of the capital including Parliament, London Eye and the Shard.
Ms Offredi said: "It was an eye-opener to be out in London at that time of night. As we went down Kensington High Street, all the posh kids were coming out of nightclubs and hailing taxis.
"We made friends as we walked and people kept noticing my belly dancing belt and asking me to give them a jingle.
"Far too many people’s lives are affected by cancer, so this is a very special way of joining forces and raising money for such a good cause."
The event aimed to raise more than £3.5m for Cancer Research UK.
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