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Events large and small have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, but our South Downs Trek is still going ahead on Saturday 19 September, giving people the chance to take on a socially-distanced 26.2 mile marathon walk while raising vital funds for local hospice care.
Now is your last chance to sign up as registration closes on Sunday 13 September.
Whether you prefer to walk alone, or want to take on the challenge with a partner, or a small group of friends or family, staggered start times and additional hygiene and safety measures will be in place, to ensure the South Downs Trek is safe for all. Setting off from St Barnabas House and Northbrook College, the 26.2 mile route heads north to Findon and Washington, onto the South Downs Way, then south through farmland and woodland.
Mother and daughter team, Deborah and Olivia Dicker (pictured, back left and front right), have signed up to take part and will be walking in memory of Doreen Roiser (pictured, back right) – Deborah’s Mum and Olivia’s Granny – who passed away at St Barnabas in 2012.
Explaining why they’re taking on the South Downs Trek for St Barnabas, Deborah said, “In 2012, I sadly lost my Mum (my best friend) to cancer. This was the most horrific time and the sadness I feel is still overwhelming. Mum stayed at St Barnabas until the end and their caring nature and support was amazing. They were able to control her pain and helped her to feel as comfortable as possible. I am so happy to be able to raise money and give something back to the wonderful people at St Barnabas.”
Deborah will be walking the 26.2 miles with her daughter, Olivia, who describes the support they received from St Barnabas as “amazing”. The pair have currently raised £340.
“St Barnabas House looked after Granny until the very end and helped my family deal with this tragedy,” explains Olivia. “Their support was amazing, and I can honestly say I have never met such caring and loving people. Ever since we lost Granny, I have always wanted to give something back to St Barnabas. This is why I am walking 26.2 miles across the South Downs – so that I can raise some money and try to give a little back to the people who helped us so much.”
If you would like to join people like Deborah and Olivia and help raise vital funds for local hospice care, you can find out more about the South Downs Trek here.