Milford mums to walk the Jurassic Coastline in support of cancer charities
WHAT started as a weekly lockdown ritual has grown into a 95-mile fundraising challenge for two Milford mums who hope to raise £5,000 for cancer charities.
Best friends Diz Dunn and Alex Roebuck are putting their best foot forward to walk a stretch of the Jurassic coastline, between Orcombe Point in Devon and Old Harry Rocks in Studland, over the course of four days in early July.
They are raising money to for a number of charities that have supported close family friend Jo Rivron (40) and her daughter Matilda (11), who live in nearby Everton and are currently both fighting different types of cancer.
As previously reported, Rivronstrong was launched by the Rivron family earlier this year to incorporate a number of fundraising challenges in support of eight charities, including Oakhaven Hospice and the Piam Brown Children’s Cancer Ward at Southampton General Hospital.
Alex said: “For us meeting up for a weekly walk became a ritual to recharge the batteries as we both coped with the stresses of home schooling, working and living through the pandemic.
“We talked, laughed, cried, but most of all listened to each other. We relied on that hour a week to re-set and ready ourselves for all the stresses and responsibilities that we had during that time.”
The decision to embark upon the challenge came about following a suggestion by Alex they should try the Jurassic coast walk over a few weekends in the summer. However, after learning about Rivronstrong the pair decided they should complete the walk over just a matter of days.
The friends, who have five children between them, will set off on 1st July with the aim of covering 27 miles to Lyme Regis. On day two they hope to trek 21 miles to reach Langton Herring, before pressing on to Mupe Bay Beach near Lulworth Cove on day three and finally completing the walk to Studland on the fourth day.
The only support they will have will come from Alex’s partner Miles, who will be transporting a caravan for them to sleep in
Diz said: “We’re walking for our friends, the Rivrons, who have a mountain to climb but continue to stay positive and help others where they can.
“They are such an inspiration and we are hoping to raise as much as we can for the amazing charities that have supported them through a really gruelling time.”
Initially hoping to raise £3,000, the pair have now upped their target to £5,000 after smashing their initial goal within a fortnight - almost £3,700 has been pledged so far.
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/findingforty