Three women from the Isle of Wight have completed an epic challenge in a bid to raise money and awareness for various charities.
Dana Edkins, and her community nurse Georgina Newnham – along with Charlotte Bishop – took part in what they called the ‘4 Day Challenge’. It involved getting as far as possible from the Isle of Wight, relying on the generosity of travel companies, hotels, restaurants and the general public to feed and shelter them. During their four days, they covered Holland, Brussels and France before returning to the UK last night. So far they have managed to raise £1,340 which will be shared between five charities, British Heart Foundation, Pumping Marvellous, Juvenile Diabetes Research and the Isle of Wight Youth Trust and the YMCA Young carers. Their goal is to raise £5,000. Dana suffers from Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) which led her to having an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) fitted in 2012 as she says she’s at risk of cardiac arrest. The condition attacks the heart muscle and therefore she is in the early stages of heart failure for which there is no cure and in time will need a heart transplant and palliative care. Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, Dana said she was extremely overwhelmed by the generosity of businesses and the general public, on the Island and abroad:
“I can’t find the words to describe it, I’m just overwhelmed by the whole experience. “It’s just blown us away. We’ve had so many nice comments on Facebook and Twitter. The support we’ve received has kept kept us going all the way and made us more determined to succeed.”
Dana also explained what the hardest thing about the challenge was for her:
“I think the hardest thing at first was asking people, sometimes you felt uncomfortable doing it especially when we were out of the UK, however it got easier to ask because we knew what we were going to say. “Personally it was the heat that affected me, we didn’t know it was going to be like that. It was more the physical side I found the hardest.”
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