A HOSPICE worker has taken on a colossal challenge before announcing her retirement.

Rosemary Webb, from Crowthorne, is still working for Thames Hospice at the age of 70, but has now decided to retire.

Before she goes, however, she has announced she will walk 100 miles to raise funds for the organisation.

She was originally aiming to raise £500 for the hospice in Hatch Lane, Windsor, where she has worked for 20 years.

She has now broken that target, and is aiming for £750.

Mrs Webb said: “I have had the most amazing career and I have much to be thankful for; nursing is a vocation and it’s been a great privilege to be allowed to care for patients and families throughout my career.

“I have loved my time at Thames Hospice and thank you for any donations you are able to give.”

Jacquie Batchford, director of Patient and Family Services at Thames Hospice, said: “During her time at Thames Hospice, Rosemary has worked tirelessly for the people we serve. She has deliberately stayed local due to her deep-seated love of her job and her fervent commitment to her local community.

“She does not look for recognition for her loyal service; instead she just looks to be the best nurse that she can be and we will miss her very much when she retires.”

Mrs Webb will be completing the challenge on a treadmill at her home. 

If she is able to raise the £750, she will have raised enough to pay for 24 hours of care for a patient on Thames Hospice’s Inpatient Unit.

If you would like to sponsor Rosemary in her 100-mile walk, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rosemary-webb1