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Staggering charity challenge raises over £1k for Macmillan

What could be nicer two summer days strolling on the Isle of Wight? That’s the enticing fundraiser that two Kestrel managers took on to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

However, the challenge was real with 66.5 miles to hike in just two days and, this being a British summer, the weather was not what Michelle and Danny ordered so the heavens opened!

Kestrel Site Planning Manager Michelle Booker and Injection Moulding Manager Danny Rumsey took on the Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge to raise money for the cancer charity.

Michelle said: “The event was part of the Ultra Challenge events where we walked 107 km, it should have been 106 km but due to heavy rain we had an extra 1km added on for a de-tour! We completed the challenge in two days and our total walking time was 25 hours.”

The challenge was very personal for Michelle and Danny, who had between them lost an aunty and colleague in quick succession to cancer. Michelle’s father had also had a cancer diagnosis, and thankfully in his case treatment has been successful.

Michelle said: “Seeing people we care about go through cancer and knowing the tremendous support Macmillan gave them made us wanted to do something to say thank you in whatever way we could.”

The pair completed a coastal circuit that took in the southern cliffs, iconic Needles, Cowes and on to historic Ventnor, raising £1125 for the charity which offers vital support to those with cancer and their families.

The Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge is one of 14 events across the country – from the Lake District to the Isle of Wight – that over the years have raised staggering £33m for Macmillan.

While Michelle and Danny have hung up their hiking boots – for now – their Just Giving page for this very worthwhile charity is still active.

Anyone wanting to support the pair and their foot-aching challenge should go to Danny and Michelle’s Just Giving Page.