TWO friends from Bognor Regis who took on a gruelling challenge and beat it are determined to raise more funds for charity.
Camilla Beckerson and Kaz Keates walked their socks off in a bid to raise funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK.
The pair, who both work in the same nursery, covered 62 miles in four days when they walked from Bognor Regis to London.
Camilla, 34, said: “It was honestly one of the hardest things I have ever done. I think we both agree that we underestimated just how hard it would be.”
For Kaz, 51, the journey was even more of a personal challenge as her father has been diagnosed with cancer.
“It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life,” said Kaz.
“I wanted to feel my dad’s pain and I felt pain like no other.
“I am glad I completed it, I was so ready to give up after our first stop.”
The duo, who set-off last Tuesday, returned to the town on Saturday.
Their original funding goal was £300 but they are hoping to pass that total.
Camilla said: “One of the hardest things was getting up everyday. Our feet were blistered, we were tired and the stuff we had to carry on our backs was so heavy.
“But we definitely pulled each other along. I think I was more of the morning person, but Kaz was the one in the afternoon who made sure we kept going.”
The first day saw them reach Pullborough, they then walked to Ockley and Epsom before reaching their finishing line. “When we started to see the signs for London we knew we were nearly there,” said Camilla.
“Each mile seemed to go on forever but I remember seeing a sign for London Victoria and thinking: ‘This is it, we have done it’.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor the pair can visit www.justgiving.com/Camilla-Beckerson1/.