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Registration for St Barnabas House’s annual South Downs Trek is set to close on Sunday 24 September.
This year’s event will see participants set off from Devil’s Dyke on a challenging 21 mile trek across the South Downs, taking in views of the stunning Sussex countryside before concluding at St Barnabas House in Goring-by-Sea.
Chris Jones, 48, from Walberton near Arundel is taking part in the South Downs Trek for the first time as an individual walker.
“Back in 2002 the amazing people at St Barnabas cared for my dad, Glyn Jones, during his final battle against cancer,” said Chris.
“The compassion, respect and love they showed in every aspect of his care still gives me comfort 15 years later. My dad passed away peacefully with his family around him. The diligent staff were ever-present to ensure his final hours were pain free and dignified.
“Looking back, I can truly say they looked after us all that night. Now I think it’s about time I did something to say thank you to the amazing people at St Barnabas.”
If you would like to sponsor Chris you can do so by donating via his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/21milestrek
Beccy Fellingham and Jayne Rayner
Beccy Fellingham, 35, from Newhaven and Jayne Rayner, 33, from Denton near Newhaven are taking part in the South Downs Trek as team ‘Trisha’s Trekkers’.
The pair are walking in memory of Trisha Stubbings, Beccy’s former mother-in-law and son’s grandmother, who lived in Sompting and spent her last few days at St Barnabas House following a battle with cancer.
Beccy said: “Jayne and I have a great passion for hiking and I have just lost someone dear to me who was cared for at the hospice, my mother-in-law Trisha Stubbings. It means a lot to both myself and Jayne to raise money for such a great deserving charity.”
Both Beccy and Jayne have taken part in fundraising events in the past, including the Night to Remember midnight walk for local children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House in May 2017. Trisha was also a keen supporter of Chestnut Tree House, taking part in pier to pier walks.
Beccy’s son Lennon was featured in the newspaper when he took part in the usually female-only Race for Life in honour of his grandmother to raise money for Cancer Research.
Caption: Friends Beccy Fellingham and Jayne Rayner both took part in Night to Remember for Chestnut Tree House
If you would like to sponsor the ladies you can make a donation via their JustGiving pages – Beccy’s can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebecca-fellingham while Jayne’s page is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jayne-rayner
For the first time the event is also open to runners as well as walkers. Lucy Bone, event organiser, said: “We are hoping that opening the event up to runners as well will increase the number of participants who raise sponsorship for the hospice.
“It costs over £6 million every year to provide all of our care services and only 21% of that total comes via statutory funding.
“That is why we ask participants to raise a minimum sponsorship of £250 which goes towards funding the specialist palliative care we provide both at the hospice and in the comfort of patients’ own homes across West Sussex.”
Registration to walk or run in the South Downs Trek costs just £25 per person, which includes a fundraising pack, transportation to the route start, lunch, refreshments, a souvenir medal, South Downs Trek t-shirt and glass of bubbly at the finish line.