On Saturday 29th August, Chris Dommett, one of our Gen2 Youth Champions based at St Mary’s Wollaston, took part in a very special challenge. He walked from Irchester to Peterborough Cathedral and back in aid of Cancer Research UK, a total of 93 km, in 24 hours.
The inspiration for Chris’ challenge was his mum, Heather, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in September last year. COVID-19 put pay to Chris’ initial plans, but as can be seen by our interview with Chris below, he was able to complete the challenge and has already raised a huge amount of money.
Could you tell us more about your challenge, Chris? I understand that you were planning to do a walk of the south coast – is that right?
Yes, the challenge was simple – walk 100 km in 24 hours to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I had originally planned to take part in a larger event called the South Coast Challenge where you walk, as the name states, along the south coast of England for 100km, with a dedicated support team included at each rest point, with proper meals made, doctors, physiotherapists, massages etc. But due to covid it was cancelled so I decided to do it myself without a professional support team – just friends and family bringing me water and food bags.
So my planned route was Irchester, Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Chelveston, Hargrave, Covington, Catworth, (old) Weston, Winwick, Great Gidding, Caldecote, Stilton, Norman Cross, Peterborough Cathedral and back again to Chelveston, except instead of Stilton to go through Folksworth.
At the time of writing, I have currently raised (with God’s help) a total of £4,920.65 (including Gift Aid) but I know I still have more to collect. I am also hopeful that my current employer Morrisons will match whatever I raise, and to give this to Cancer Research UK.
My fundraising page (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christopher-dommett1) is due to close for donations on 30th September, but people can still donate directly to Cancer Research UK via https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/donate.