Round the world charity jaunt for Ann (70)

Ann Cordner

Ann Cordner

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A THREE-month adventure travelling around the world to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care starts this weekend for a grandmother from Gosberton.

Ann Cordner (70) is preparing to pack her rucksack after being told to seize the day and have a trip of a lifeftime by her husband David shortly before he died of cancer in 2009.

Ann initially hoped to collect £1,000 in sponsorship for Marie Curie Cancer Care but has since surpassed that amount and now says the sky is the limit.

She said: “David did not want to go into hospital but it got to the stage where I could not care for him because he needed intensive nursing. I got in touch with Marie Curie and they took over. They were amazing.”

Ann will climb aboard the OzBus in London on Sunday with 19 other travellers.

The bus will head over to Belgium before taking in the sights in Bruges, Heidelberg, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius in Lithuania, Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia.

Ann will cross into Russia and visit the twin giants of St Petersburg of Moscow, and spend several days on the Trans-Siberian Railway before entering Mongolia and on to China.

The group will cruise to Korea and Japan, and then cross the Bering Sea to Alaska. The trip comes to an end in New York.

“I feel completely numb about it,” said Ann. “When someone said how close it was my stomach went into convulsions but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Ann is having to limit her baggage to one rucksack, packed with just the bare essentials.

She will, however, be armed with a Blackberry to update a blog with her progress.

Ann said: “I’m looking forward to having fun with the variety of people I’ll be travelling with. There are so many different ages going but we’re all like-minded people, all looking for an adventure.”

l To sponsor Ann, visit www.justgiving.com/ann-cordner and to follow her adventure, read her blog at www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/retiredandcrazy/1/1284206261/tpod.html.