There's nothing nicer than a stroll in the countryside on a lovely Summer's day. Nick and Jeremy thought just that when they set off on Sunday 7th August....but their stroll went on for 5 days and over 100 miles - the entire length of the South Downs Way! The dynamic duo are usually more at home on the squash court, but decided to take on this mammoth challenge in order to raise funds for PSDS.
Nick and his wife Sam have a gorgeous son, Alex, who was diagnosed with Mosaic Down Syndrome last December at the age of 3 years old. After getting in touch with PSDS in April, Alex's family have been along to our monthly get-togethers where they have enjoyed meeting other families and finding out more about PSDS.
Inspired by the support we offer, Nick decided to set himself a fundraising challenge and managed to talk his pal Jeremy into joining him! To prepare for their epic trek, they clocked up a few long training walks around Sussex and Nick also spent some time with his Duke of Edinburgh students in the Brecon Beacons.
Day one of their adventure started at 9am at Winchester Cathedral and ended at 8.39pm when they reached Buriton. Monday's trek to Bury took 11 hours, followed the next day by a mere (!) 9.5 hours of walking to Devil's Dyke. Two further days of 9 hour walks saw the sensational strollers reach Rodmell and finally journey's end at Eastbourne.
Nick and Jeremy's endurance challenge was tough on their feet, knees and muscles and they suffered the blight of blisters too. But Nick says the fantastic support they received from family and friends throughout the 5 days of their jaunt made all the pain worth it. Days 3 and 4 were a particular highlight as they were joined by a total of 13 different people lending their support and providing cakes and coffee to keep the boys going.
There's something else that made it worth all the pain too. Donations totalling a magnificent sum of just under £4,000 have so far been received via Nick's JustGiving page and the money is still rolling in. A truly fantastic amount and an awesome effort all round.
Well done Nick and Jez and thanks to everyone who supported you too!
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