Nikala Humphrey tackled the Isle of Wight Challenge recently to raise money for the Hospice and managed to smash her original target of £500 by raising a massive £2,251.75!
When asked how she managed such a mammoth fundraising effort, she had some top tips for anyone planning a fundraising event for the Hospice: "I guess I was lucky as I had a lot of support from friends and family. The main method for my fundraising was by using social media to share my JustGiving link and each time someone made a donation I would thank them individually on my Facebook page."
Nikala managed the Ultra Half section of the event having walked 52km continuously for 15 hours and 25 minutes before having to bow out due to the intense heat and a couple of injuries sustained along the way. She was upset not to complete the whole course and said: "Of course I am disappointed that I didn’t completed the full 106km challenge as intended, but I had to be realistic and listen to my body and accept that the Ultra Half would have to suffice!!"
To date, it's the hardest challenge both physically and mentally I have attempted yet! It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted, but I had a wonderful experience meeting lovely people, seeing the Isle of Wight in all its glory in sunny weather and spending some quality time with one of my dearest best friends. This really was an epic ultra challenge, they really were not kidding with the title!"
"Every painful step I took was in loving memory of my dearly beloved and recently deceased Mother-In-Law, Carol Humphrey who spent her final days in the care of Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Thank you for the branded event top, it gained much interest along the walk"
Well done Nikala!
If Nikala's story has inspired you and you'd like to try something similar to raise money for the Hospice, visit our walking challenges page here which has been updated for 2019 dates.