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Published: 17 Dec 2012      

Ten valiant trekkers, including 5 local people raising money for Sue Ryder in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon area, spent the weekend (21-23 September) battling to get the better of a 20 mile trek along the Jurassic Coast to raise money for health and social care charity, Sue Ryder.

With the sun shining brightly overhead on Saturday, waterproofs stayed tucked away in backpacks and were replaced by factor-50 as the trekkers took on the World Heritage site, starting in the beautiful Durdles Door and hiking through Dorset’s most undulating paths and finishing at the chocolate box village of Kimmeridge.

Day two saw them battling with blisters, windburn, and achy joints as well as the gale force winds and heavy rain. The team of Sue Ryder trekkers carried on through the elements valiantly before finally being beaten by the uncompromising conditions. Once indoors there were hugs and celebrations as well as a mad rush to take off their walking boots and finally give their feet some well deserved rest.

As a result of their fundraising efforts, the ten trekkers are currently on target to raise £10,000 for the charity, with some truly outstanding fundraising efforts achieved. 

Marion Haynes (55), Froxfield Avenue, Reading, took on the challenge for Sue Ryder raising £1000. “I chose to take part because having experienced the incredible care given to my Brother, John, when he was suffering from an incurable illness by the caring staff at the Sue Ryder – Nettlebed Hospice, I wanted to give something back.  John spent 3 weeks at the Nettlebed Hospice before he died of Sporadic CJD, 6 years ago, and the care and support given to both him and our family was splendid.”

Marion continues: “I am so proud to have achieved such a great challenge, I am still on the greatest high after completing the trek and meeting such a lovely group of people and guides. The friendships made on the trek will last a long time I'm sure - we are already thinking what else we can do! Thank you to everyone who supported me”

Vicki Collins, Running and Challenge fundraiser, based at the Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice said: “We’d like to thank all of our courageous trekkers, not only for their hard work this weekend, but for their fundraising efforts over the last few weeks and months. The huge amount of money raised will help Sue Ryder continue to provide incredible care to people living with incurable illnesses”

Sue Ryder have more treks like this and if you want to contact them you need to call the Sue Ryder Events team on 0207 554 5960 or events@sueryder.org for more information.