The South Coast Ultra Challenge is a 100K endurance event over the South Downs Way coastal path, starting in Eastbourne and ending in Arundel, with a midway point in Brighton. This year it is planned to take place over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August and two of those who are crossing their fingers in hope that it goes ahead are hospice supporters, Jade and Katie.

At the beginning of this year, Jade and Katie’s mum was cared for by St Wilfrid’s in our Inpatient Unit when her cancer deteriorated. ‘The hospice was as important to Mum as it is for us now. They provided Mum with tremendous bereavement support when she lost her own mother and they also supported and cared for her and our family when she came in to the hospice.’

‘We couldn’t be any more thankful for the professionalism from all of the staff, but also the compassion and love, diligence and care during such a traumatic time for the whole family. We knew she was in the best place.’

It is for this reason that the girls have chosen to complete the South Coast Ultra Challenge.

‘We remain forever grateful to have had such an amazing mother and now it’s time to continue her legacy and do good for people not as fortunate as us and for those who desperately need the support. Every little helps!’

They have set themselves a target time of 16 hours and have been training vigorously each day in their back garden, not allowing the current situation regarding Covid-19 to get in their way. You can see the hard work they are putting in to the challenge via their joint Instagram page (@love_swole_sisters), where they are sharing their daily workout routines, with lots of support from their dogs, and allowing others to follow their journey.

This challenge won’t be the first Ultra Challenge for Jade and Katie, however. This time ‘it has a lot more gravity surrounding it; we’re doing this for the hospice but also for our mum.’

We wish the girls the best of luck and will be keeping our fingers crossed that the event goes ahead as planned! If you would like to support Jade and Katie with their challenge, you can donate to their JustGiving page here.

So far, the Ultra Challenge Series has helped to raise over £25 million for good causes, including St Wilfrid’s. If you feel inspired by Jade and Katie’s story, visit the Ultra Challenge Series pages on our website for more information or to plan ahead for next year!