Chloe and The Hopeless Wanderers hike for hospice care

Chloe Darling from Ashford completed the Pilgrims Way Challenge last year, walking 25km with friends whilst pregnant with her son Arthur. She enjoyed the day so much that she’s signed up again this year to raise even more vital funds for local hospice care.

Chloe is a full-time carer for her husband Frank, mother to Petal (12), Florence (10), Jesse (8) and Arthur (6 months) and a keen walker and runner.

Chloe and Arthur

She said: “Last year, I decided whilst pregnant that I would complete the Pilgrims Way Challenge with two friends to assist me along the way!

“We enjoyed and loved every moment, so this year I gathered all my friends in a big team to raise money for Pilgrims.”

The team, named The Hopeless Wanderers, will walk the 55km route alongside more than 500 other hikers on Saturday 22 June. They have already raised more than £800 and hope to pass the £1,000 mark by the time they pull on their walking boots for the big day.

Chloe added: “Between us, we’ve had many friends who have been cared for at the Ashford hospice in their final days. I believe that a person’s final days with their family are the most important. The care given by Pilgrims to not only the patient but also to their family members is incredibly inspirational and admirable.”

You can sponsor The Hopeless Wanderers by visiting their JustGiving page.

The Pilgrims Way Challenge takes place on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Standard entry is £35 until 16 June 2019, or you can sign up on the day for £45.

With three distances to choose from, it’s perfect for people of all fitness levels:

This fully supported event includes regular rest stops with drinks and snacks, a fully signed route, event t-shirt and a hot meal at our Canterbury hospice (the halfway point for 55km hikers) and at the Dover Castle finish.

By taking part, you’ll be helping Pilgrims Hospices to continue with the work that is so import within the east Kent community.

If you or someone you know is coping with a life limiting illness and you think you may benefit from Pilgrims free services, talk to your GP or Healthcare Professional about your options or click here to read about our Wellbeing and Social Programme.