In February 2021, Skye and Abi walked 26.2 miles to raise vital funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. We’ve recently caught up with them to find out more about their experience of walking 26.2 miles and what top tips they have.

Skye said: “My family and I have a very special place in our hearts for Demelza and we can’t thank them enough for what they have and will continue to do for us. I had planned to do a sky dive for Demelza when I turned 16, but I was unable to do this due to COVID-19. That was when Abi suggested the idea of us completing a walking marathon instead. I couldn’t have done the walk without the support from Abi with both completing the walk and raising the money for Demelza.

“We both definitely found the challenge way harder than expected. I struggle with having weak limbs and muscles anyway so doing anything for a long period of time usually causes some sort of ache. Let alone for 11 hours! But not just physically, mentally I especially hit a wall at about the 20-mile mark and if it wasn’t for our families meeting us from afar along the way, I don’t think we would have been able to finish. For anyone considering a similar challenge I would say, do it! As tortuous as it is when you do it, it flies by. Also, we made the mistake of sitting down for half an hour. This is a big no! Not only do you completely lose your rhythm but my hip also seized up!

“We were blown away by the amount we raised, just over £2.5K. When we started we set a really modest goal of £400. We really pushed our walking marathon on social media to get people to donate, but don’t lose faith if you don’t get many donations pre-event. We found that donations really started to flood in when we were doing the walk and there was evidence that we were completing it. My mum posted our journey to local Facebook groups so people could wave us along the coastline, which was really lovely.”

If Skye and Abi’s story have inspired you to take on your own walking marathon, then sign up to take part in Walk this Way this September and walk the distance between our two hospices.