Last year, Healthcare Assistants and good friends Franki Greenwood and Jasmine Kemp were supposed to take on the South Coast Ultra Challenge - a 100km walk from Eastbourne to Arundel. Unfortunately, the event was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but now they just have a couple of weeks to go!

Franki (left) and Jasmine (right)

‘When the opportunity first came up, I was in quite good shape and wanted to challenge myself while raising money for the hospice after a really hard time facing the coronavirus pandemic,’ Franki told us. ‘I asked my colleagues if anyone wanted to do it with me and Jasmine kindly agreed!’

Starting at the Bramley Park Campsite in Wannock on Saturday 4th September, Franki and Jasmine will be walking a distance equivalent of approximately two and a half marathons. The route will take them over Beachy Head and the magnificent Seven Sisters, along the South Downs Way to Devil’s Dyke, before finishing at the historic Arundel Cathedral. This will include walking through the night.

‘We’re very nervous, and we’re getting more anxious as we get closer to it, but we’re still excited,’ Franki told us. ‘Although it’s been difficult to follow the training schedule with work and childcare, we’ve been training hard. My son, Deacon, has had to endure some of our training walks too!’

‘We’ll be so proud of ourselves once we’ve done it,’ Jasmine added.

Jasmine first began working at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in 2018, while Franki started a year later in 2019. ‘I really love my job, we’re so lucky,’ said Jasmine, ‘It’s so rewarding and the journey some of our patients have been through is amazing. We’re so grateful for the support and it means so much because we can see exactly where the money goes.’

If you would like to support Franki and Jasmin, you can donate to their JustGiving pages here:

Franki - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fs-greenwood

Jasmine - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jasmine-kemp94