A mother and daughter, forced apart during lockdown, have raised more than £2,500 for four Island charities.
Dana Edkins-Wherry, who has a genetic heart condition, temporarily moved out of the family home at the beginning of the year because of fears of catching the Coronavirus. It meant leaving her husband, Paul, and four children, including Macie, 14, and moving in with her own mother.
Dana explained: “The rest of the family are key workers in the hospital or in supermarkets, so I couldn’t afford to catch it. This lockdown particularly affected me and I struggled with my mental wellbeing and lost all motivation. So I turned to eating chocolate, sweets and crisps because they were like a crutch for me.
“Macie said she would join me in doing something to raise money for charity and keep us both motivated. Between January 28 and February 28, she went out exercising for 5km a day, either walking or jogging, while I gave up all snacks and took up daily yoga with Adriane on Youtube.
“Macie was supported by Milan, my eldest son’s girlfriend, on her daily exercise, so she deserves a lot of credit as well. Between them, they did more than 270km over the course of the four weeks, while I lost over a stone in weight and feel much better for it.
“We really found the challenge motivating and satisfying knowing that we were raising money and awareness for four Island charities – the IW NHS Trust for the heart failure nurses towards a new echo machine, Carers IW, the Island’s Help Through Crisis team and No Limits/Space4u.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to all our family and friends who supported us through this and also to all the businesses who contributed around 50 prizes for our grand raffle. We raised a total of £2,660 on the raffle, including some donations, so each charity will receive £665, which is amazing.
“Macie is currently embarking on another charitable project, delivering 175 Easter treats to all elderly residents in the care homes as well as the elderly in the community linked to Pan Together or a carer. And she is also going to give a further 100 treats to the elderly in hospital. She wants to cheer them up and let them know people are still thinking of them.”
Dana and Macie will finally be reunited full-time next week when mum returns home.