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South Downs Trek launches with brand new marathon route

Thursday 30 May 2019

Registration is open for the South Downs Trek, an exhilarating 26.2 mile hike raising money for St Barnabas House.

Taking place on Saturday 28 September 2019, walkers will set off from Northbrook College in Goring at 6.30am before joining the stunning South Downs Way. The new circular marathon route is set to be the most challenging since the event began in 2015 and will see participants tackle steep climbs with breath-taking views before crossing the finish line at St Barnabas House in Worthing.

Many of those taking on the challenge will be doing so in memory of a loved one, including Holly Lamper who sadly lost her father, Alan Lamper, to cancer in April 2018, aged 68. The trek is particularly poignant for Holly as the South Downs were a special place for her and her father.

Holly, 31 from Worthing, says: “I have so many precious memories of walking on the South Downs with my Dad from a very young age, right up to the week before he passed away. But never did we walk quite this far together, so this will most certainly be a challenge!”

Holly Lamper, Alan Lamper, Lynda, Riley and Jensen

“Sadly, Dad was diagnosed at such a late stage in his illness that when the St Barnabas care team visited him in Worthing Hospital he had deteriorated  and was too unwell to be moved to the hospice as we had hoped. Despite this, he was well looked after by Worthing Hospital and we were so grateful for the additional support from St Barnabas who kept in regular communication with both Mum and Dad while he was in hospital.

“I am looking forward to walking in Dad’s honour and I am determined to raise money to help other local people who might find themselves in a similar position. He was the most amazing father and grandad anyone could have ever asked for and not a day goes by that we don’t all think about him and miss him.”

Visit Holly’s JustGiving page to read her story and make a donation.

Sophie Henderson, Events Officer at St Barnabas House says: “The South Downs Trek has proved a popular event in the St Barnabas events portfolio. Over the three years it has taken place, participants have raised an incredible combined total of £111,000, which is enough to pay for almost 13 days of all the care provided in our 20-bed In-patient Unit.

“This year, we’re excited to be back with a brand new marathon route. It’s a fantastic challenge to be part of and gives participants the time to reflect and remember their family and loved ones whilst on the walk, or in the peace of the chapel at St Barnabas House on completion of their challenge.

South Downs Trek“Our team will support trekkers throughout their fundraising and training journey, helping them raise a minimum sponsorship of £250, which will help us reach everyone who needs hospice care.”

Early bird registration is available until 14 July 2019 and costs just £35 per person, which includes a fundraising pack, South Downs Trek t-shirt, lunch, refreshments, a souvenir medal and a glass of bubbly at the finish line.

For more information and to register to walk in the South Downs Trek please visit www.stbh.org.uk/south-downs-trek or call 01903 706354.