A local fitness group from Ryval Fitness, based in Waterlooville, walked 100 miles and raised over £12,000 for Naomi House & Jacksplace.
16 members of the fitness group committed to the gruelling South Downs Challenge for our hospices. Our charity was nominated by members, Richard and Karen, who care deeply about the charity after their baby boy died in 2011.
The challenge took 41 hours of continuous walking, with each walker covering a total of 264,000 steps.
Richard Bottle from Ryval Fitness, said:
The South Downs Challenge was a test of endurance, physical fitness and mental strength. Dave Farrell (Ryval Fitness Legend) and the management team at Naomi House & Jacksplace literally stopped at nothing to assist and organise everything we needed to successfully achieve this challenge for what is, in our opinion, the most deserving, admirable and praiseworthy charity on the south coast.
My wife and I had held Naomi House close to our hearts since we lost our baby boy, Elliott in 2011. He was only a few hours away from his place at Naomi House when he went up to heaven, and although he never made it, the Naomi House team made us feel that he would have been treated like an angel while he was there.
The Ryval Fitness Ramblers have raised an amazing £12,280 and we’re hoping the total will continue to go up. To everyone at Naomi House & Jacksplace, from everyone at Ryval Fitness, the children, brothers, sisters, mums, dads and families that you have made life bearable for, and for all those that you are going to help in the future… thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
Suzie Simmons, Head of Regional and Corporate Fundraising at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:
We are in absolute awe of the truly incredible team at Ryval Fitness. We are so humbled that you have taken on such an epic challenge for our charity and raised such an astounding amount of money for the children and young adults in our care. Thank you for every single one of the 264,000 steps you took for our families.
On the route, a few members of the Ryval Fitness team bumped into British javelin thrower, Fatima Whitbread, who was out walking on the South Downs path. They had a quick chat and had a photo taken together.