FOUR women will attempt to walk 100km along the Ridgeway in 24 hours to raise money for a
FOUR women will attempt to walk 100km along the Ridgeway in 24 hours to raise money for a children’s hospice.
Nordic walkers Laura Gilroy, from Brightwell Baldwin, Stephanie Hewett, from Benson, and Joy Kellaway, from Watlington, will join instructor Sally Dance for the challenge on July 11.
They will begin in Lewknor and finish in Avebury in Wiltshire. Mrs Dance, who lives Preston Crowmarsh, is an instructor for South Oxfordshire’s Salstix Nordic Walkers and will lead the group.
The women are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis and Helen & Douglas House.
Mrs Dance said: “I have two friends, one who has two children with cystic fibrosis and another who lost her son.
“He was looked after by Helen & Douglas House and the whole family are so grateful for the care the hospice provided
“People are asked for donations to charity on a daily basis, so we needed to make sure our challenge to raise funds was a big one.
“We will be tired, mentally and physically, and we may have blisters, sore muscles and aching feet, but these struggles are nothing compared to those of the families that we are raising funds for.” The women have been training for their challenge and have completed a 50km walk, which took almost 12 hours with breaks.
Mrs Kellaway said: “We’re going to be walking in areas where we’ve never been. Hopefully the routes will be well marked and we won’t have a problem finding our way in the dark.
“We’re looking forward to it and we’re raising money for a really good charity.”
To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/salstix