Ark supporter Debbie completes landmark challenge

CHARITY champion Debbie Loveridge is celebrating after completing a six-month virtual trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Since January 1, Debbie, who had a hip replacement in February 2020, has been clocking up the miles in all weathers by walking in the area close to her Basingstoke home.

Debbie’s aim was to complete her target of 874 miles – the distance between the two landmark destinations – by the beginning of July, and on June 26, she reached her goal with a few days to spare. Family and friends clapped her home as she walked the final steps.

“It feels amazing to have completed this challenge,” said mother-of-two Debbie.  “I am really proud that I have achieved my goal, and to have beaten my £500 fundraising target.

“I wanted to do the walk for a charity that is close to my heart, and as a challenge for myself. It has been great to meet so many people on my walks and to talk to them about what I am doing, and I am grateful to everyone who has sponsored me and supported Ark.”

So far, 53-year-old Debbie, who has been volunteering and fundraising for Ark for more than six years, has raised £825 for the charity. Anyone who still wishes to sponsor her and support Ark can do so by going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/debs-loveridge1

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees sent his congratulations to Debbie on completing this massive challenge. She really has gone the extra mile, and then some, to support Ark.”

And Debbie will not be putting her feet up any time soon. She has decided to take on the reverse ‘virtual’ trek from John O’Groats to Land’s End in support of the Brain Tumour Research charity, in memory of her sister Kim and cousin Andy Bath. She plans to do a mix of walking and cycling this time and aims to finish by the end of the year.