Yomping the South Downs in memory of loved-ones

The Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as seen from HMS Somerset in the Moray Firth

Royal Navy ship shadows a Russian destroyer

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PLACES on one of the toughest endurance challenges in the south are being offered to support a hospice in memory of a much-loved wife.

The Rosemary Foundation, is looking for eight physically and mentally tough participants to yomp the 100 miles of the South Downs Way non-stop in May 2016.

The Since 1664 Yomp was founded by the parents of Marine Richard Hollington, who was the 300th UK casualty of military operations in Afghanistan.

The annual challenge is run on behalf of The Royal Marines Charity by Robin Hollington, but is open to other charities by arrangement.

The Rosemary Foundation places have been gifted by family friend Clive Waller of CWC Research, in memory of his wife Monica who was cared for by the charity earlier this year.

Clive, who with Monica is a long term supporter and fundraiser in Mne Hollington’s memory, said: ‘Monica was such a brilliant and enthusiastic partner in life and co-director in business before her illness.

‘I will always appreciate the dedication and care offered by The Rosemary Foundation when she needed it, often in the middle of the night.

‘Providing Yomp places for them will multiply the effect of my support as well as boosting the scale of the Since 1664 Yomp.’

Mr Hollington said: ‘Monica was a lovely person who, with Clive, was a long term supporter of our fundraising efforts in memory of my son, so there was not a moment’s hesitation in doing something in Monica’s memory for The Rosemary Foundation when Clive asked.’

Sign up at rosemary-foundation.org.uk and find out more at since1664.com.