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tracy and louise standing infront of the macmillan banner

Posted by: Lizzie Gurr, on 23/03/2015

Louise and Tracey complete a ‘Mighty Hike’ and raise over £1,000

On Saturday 10 June our Chief Executive Tracy Evans and Finance Manager Louise Stephens completed a 26 mile marathon hike across the South Downs from Brighton Race Course to Eastbourne across the Seven Sisters in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The pair completed many training sessions and ended up crossing the finishing line at 6.30pm after walking for 10 hours and 29 minutes.

Louise shared her story: “Many of my family have suffered from or been affected by cancer, which made me want to do something to support Macmillan. The Mighty Hike is an organised event and between us we’ve raised over £1,000. Tracy stuck with me all the way and even carried my rucksack for me for the last two miles. After stopping at Birling Gap to put on blister plasters, I’d had enough, I just didn’t want to walk anymore. I’ve got osteoarthritis so my back was killing me. Everyone was really struggling towards the end but we all helped each other on.

We saw lots of sheep and cattle and the countryside views were absolutely stunning the whole way. We had three organised check points where we were given food, water and energy drinks, the walk was very well set up and the Macmillan volunteers were amazing.

My two boys surprised me at the end and walked the last quarter mile with me down into Eastbourne, they were very proud. I had an ice cold bath when I got home and felt pretty sick. On Sunday it felt like I had anchors around my ankles! I’ve just got to keep moving so I don’t get too stiff. All in all the atmosphere on the walk was amazing, the weather was perfect and I did it with a great bunch of people.”

Well done Tracy and Louise. There’s still time to sponsor them, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Louise-Stephens0206

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