A young Skegness woman coping with a chronic condition is organising a charity walk to help fellow sufferers.
Katherine Rimes, 21, was diagnosed with endometriosis six months ago after experiencing years of severe pain.
Around two million women in the UK are affected by the condition which is caused by cells like ones in the lining of the womb forming elsewhere in the body. Because it occurs in a variety of ways diagnosis can be difficult.
Now Katherine is planning to clock the miles in a sponsored walk from Horncastle to Skegness next month for the charity Endometriosis UK.
She will be joined by colleagues from the Best Western North Shore Hotel, in Skegness for the walk on March 22, which is aiming to raise £500.
Starting at the Best Western Admiral Rodney Hotel the route will take a scenic detour through the Wolds before finishing at the North Shore Hotel.
Katherine said: “I started getting pain when I was 14, and finally had confirmation I was suffering from endometriosis last year.
“I have problems eating, suffer chronic stomach pain and severe fatigue. Sometimes it can get so bad I have to leave work.
“The pain is always there, but has become more bearable through living with it so long. When first heard I had endometriosis, I was quite upset because it can cause infertility.”
She added: “I would like to raise awareness of the condition, as many as one in 10 women may suffer from it and it costs £8.2 billion a year for treatment and health care.”
About 15 staff members from the hotel and Katherine’s boyfriend Gavin Amy are planning to complete the walk which is expected take up to eight hours.
Walkers will be wearing yellow to mark next month’s Worldwide Endometriosis March.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the walk should visit www.justgiving.com/walktotheend