King's High friends stride out for Macmillan - The Leamington Observer

King's High friends stride out for Macmillan

Leamington Editorial 21st Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

FORMER King’s High students have taken on an impressive 100km charity walk 15 years after they first met at school.

Felicity Cherry, Charlotte Jeffcoate, Annabel Kishor, Vicki Bleasdale and Isabel Harrison-Hall completed the Thames Path challenge from London to Henley on Thames in a time of 21 hours and 35 minutes.

The five friends from Leamington are hoping to raise £10,000 for Macmillan after a number of family members were diagnosed with cancer.

The team spent time practising across Warwickshire and recently walked 70km across Cornwall in two days in preparation for the task.

They credit their Duke of Edinburgh award from school with their love of walking, but admitted the challenge was more than any of them had ever previously attempted.

Speaking after the challenge, Annabel said: “The walk went as planned – it was pretty tough between 11pm and 3am, but some kind friends came and met us along the way, and one even walked a section with us.

“It was also great to see sponsorship coming in as we walked – watching the JustGiving total going up really kept us motivated.

“The invaluable support the Macmillan nurses have provided to each of our families made them the clear choice for our group.

“We have been friends since our first day at King’s High when we were just 11, and 15 years later we are still as close as ever – the recent diagnoses have only strengthened our bond.”

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