Daughters, 15 and 17, to walk the length of England in memory of brave mum who died at 47 after motor neurone disease battle

TWO devoted daughters are set to walk the length of England in memory of their brave mum who died at 47 after a gruelling battle with motor neurone disease.

Hebe Street, 17, and sister Violet, 15, will be joined by their dad Kevin Street as they pay tribute to their inspirational mother.

Keta Hansen was diagnosed with the incurable illness in 2014, finally passing away in January of this year.

The family are now embarking on a 350-mile tour of Keta's life, starting in their mum's home town of Hartlepool.


They will attempt to cover 23 miles a day over 15 days, travelling to Oxford, where Keta studied at university and met Kevin.

They will then head further south to Battersea, where their children were born.

Finally, the "Journey of Keta's Life" will take them to Surrey, where the family has lived for the past seven years.

Along the route, friends and family will join them in their efforts as they raise money for the debilitating disease.

They've already raised more than £150,000 to fund research into the illness, through multiple sporting challenges including a half marathon.

Speaking to the Mail Online, Kevin said: "Living with MND is the toughest of physical and mental challenges, but no matter what this terrible and debilitating disease threw at her Keta never moaned or felt sorry for herself.

"Instead she always thought of others and made the best of every situation with a smile and a wicked sense of humour. Her selflessness was truly astonishing. We miss her terribly."

What is motor neurone disease?

  • Motor neurone disease (MND) is a life-shortening illness that gradually stops messages from the motor neurones reaching the muscles.
  • This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste.
  • MND affects everyone differently. Not all symptoms will affect everyone, or in the same order. Symptoms also progress at varying speeds.
  • As well as muscle weakness, symptoms can include stiff joints, swallowing difficulties, saliva problems, inappropriate emotional responses and changes to thinking and behaviour.
  • There is currently no cure for the illness.
  • There are different types of MND, which will affect sufferers in different ways.
  • One in 300 people in the UK are at risk of MND over a lifetime.
  • Adults of any age can be affected, but people over 50 are more likely to be affected.
  • Up to 5,000 adults in the UK will have it at any one time.

Source: mndassocation.org


Kevin added: "Keta was a huge inspiration to everyone who met her and inspired us as a family along with many of her friends to complete several fundraising challenges over recent years.

'This year, having sadly lost her in January, we were desperate to embark on a particularly difficult challenge in her memory, so we can raise awareness, involve as many people as possible and raise as much money as we can.'

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