Louise: taking on the Jurassic Coast in memory of niece Charlotte

Louise’s niece Charlotte sadly died in 2020, four months after being diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer. She was 18.

Last year, Louise and her friend Giselle took on the Jurassic Coast trek in memory of Charlotte for Young Lives vs Cancer, walking an incredible 42km. They had taken part in walking events before, but nothing like the Jurassic Coast.

Louise said: “Young Lives vs Cancer were there for Charlotte, and I promised that I would continue to raise awareness in her memory and help as many others as possible. Everyone was so friendly and really encouraging along the way. Because we wore a t-shirt featuring Charlotte, a lot of people were asking about her story so it was very emotional, and at times when I thought I couldn’t continue, people were amazing!”

“In preparation for the challenge we did lots of walking and steep-hill training. For anyone taking on the Jurassic Coast challenge, I’d recommend a walking pole as the steep cliff fronts were tough and I think this would have helped. Oh and take a spare pair of socks!”

Inspired by Louise? You could take on the Jurassic Coast with Metro’s Lifeline Campaign on 18 May to support children and young people with cancer.

The Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile-long stretch of coastline in southern England, situated within the counties of Dorset and Devon and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can select from a range of options tailored for everyone. Starting from Corfe Castle, the route heads down to Swanage, and along through Lulworth Cove, past Durdle Door, with ups & downs to Weymouth half way.

For full 100 km challengers, it’s past Portland Bill, Chesil Beach, and on to West Bay (of TV’s Broadchurch) – before a finish line celebration in the vibrant town of Bridport. Great Three Quarter, Half & Quarter Challenge options are also available – PLUS a Marathon option.

Sign up for Metro Lifeline Campaign's Jurassic Coast trek

Author: Alison

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2024

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