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Hi, I’m Dickie Mackness. Recently retired and looking for a challenge, I then had a crazy thought about walking around Britain, covering around 15 miles per day!
I know this is going to be challenging and will take me through all terrains, through all sorts of weather, and I know there will be difficult days – 8 years ago I had Lyme Disease, and to this day I have good days and not so good days, so at times I will be able to power forwards, and sometimes I will need to take it a bit easier!
I am so looking forward to spending at least the next year exploring our beautiful country, and hopefully meeting many people along the way. I am also delighted to be supporting The Evie Dove Foundation, a charity which in a very short space of time has become very close to my heart.
Dan and Alana will be running the Brighton Marathon on 7th April 2024, whilst Meg and Paul will be running the London Marathon on 21st April 2024.
We all work at Holiday Extras with Howard (Evie’s dad) and want to support the great work that The Evie Dove Foundation does. Evie was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2021 and tragically lost her battle with cancer only a year later in March 2022. She fought a battle no child should have to fight, a most aggressive cancer…she never ever complained, just lived life to the full with a sparkle in her heart. She was the bravest, kindest, caring soul, she lit up the room and hospital wards with her beautiful infectious smile and cheeky, happy laughs and giggles. She always told everyone she met they looked beautiful and spread kindness like no other. The Evie Dove Foundation is in honour and memory of Evie Dove, forever thirteen.
On Sunday 7th April 2024, I will be taking on the challenge of the Brighton Marathon.I am raising money for the Evie Dove Foundation, a local charity, which does such great work.
Evie was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2021 and tragically lost her battle with cancer only a year later in March 2022. She was just 13 years old when she died.
As her legacy, her parents have set up The Evie Dove Foundation to raise money to help sick children and their families by funding the training of paediatric medical professionals.
Your donations will mean so much to the charity and the work they can do, and will spur me on when the going gets tough!
We are excited to announce our team challenge for 2023: climbing all 214 Wainwrights as a team throughout the year! This challenge is not only a great opportunity for us to achieve a monumental goal together, but it is also a way for us to give back and support the Evie Dove foundation.
Evie and her family were close to our team and visited Underscar multiple times throughout her life. We watched her grow up and were deeply saddened by her loss to cancer at the young age of 13.
As an avid long distance walker, I decided to put my legs to the test and will be walking along what would have been the coastline of South East England during the Roman occupation of Britain.
Along the way I will be talking to local people and businesses to raise awareness of the foundation and all the fantastic work they do to help the next generation of medical professionals support young people, and families facing unimaginable challenges.
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The Trustees take on the 3 Peaks
Katie and I thought it was about time we did something crazy and raised some money for beautiful Evie’s Foundation.
We are lucky to be joined by a number of the Trustees of the Foundation and a few friends on our challenge to walk the 3 tallest Peaks in the UK (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) in a 24 hour period (including the travel between Scotland, The Lakes and Wales).
For years I have thought about taking on Lands End to John O’Groats. It’s a cycling itch that needs scratching. My only issue with the challenge is that I really don’t want to do it on a road bike – I don’t want to be around cars! So here we are: a mountain bike laden with food, camping and cycling gear and 1200 (ish) miles of mostly off-road – a challenge I’ve called Wrong Way Up.
Caroline and Michael Ridgwell
Evie’s Auntie and Uncle
On Sunday 25th June 2023, we are holding a summer afternoon tea in our garden in Kingsdown, Kent in memory of our beautiful niece, Evie, who we loved so very dearly, to raise money for the wonderful Foundation created in her name.
Always missed xx
When entering the ballot for the London Marathon 2023 I could just about run 2 miles! No exaggeration!
My mission was to embark on a challenge to honour Evie, the bravest most inspirational girl I have ever met. To also show support to my amazing friend, Evies beautiful Mum Katie, Dad Howard and Brother Edward. While raising awareness and vital funds for the foundation which going foraward will make a huge difference to children and families going through the most unimaginably difficult time that no family or child should ever go through.
March 2022 – Evie Dove lost her battle against cancer aged just 13. I taught Evie for many years at St Faith’s Prep School and the news of her passing was tragic news to all who knew and taught her. She was always a caring, happy and smiling child who would do anything for her friends. Her family have set up a foundation in her name to support the education and training of paediatric medical professionals to take care of children who are in need.
I have set myself the challenge of cycling from London to Paris over a 3 day period and have chosen to support this cause.
Archie Arnold, Matthew Hay & Kameron Dowse
The Foundation’s very first fundraisers by setting up a one minute fitness challenge for a social action project.
Archie contacted Katie to ask if it was okay to raise money having read about Evie – of course we said yes especially as this was our first ever fundraiser.
Wild Swim Warriors
Simon Hagger (one of the Foundation’s Trustees), Jim Read, Zerrin Selen, Stephen Gould and Eion Wallace took on a huge swimming challenge. The second team ever to take on a Two Way channel relay crossing from Jersey to France, and back again!
On 24th July 2022 they successfully completed their endeavour in 15 hours, 51 minutes matching the previous record time. In total they swam 65km, some of it against extreme sea conditions.
Raised over £2,000
Matt Paxton – Ironman Wales
Matt (one of the Foundation’s Trustees) completed IronMan Wales 2022, 140 miles of swimming, cycling and running, raising over £3,000 with the support of Holiday Extras and the Pack Foundation.
Check out his picture crossing the finish line after 15 hours of continuous exercise, our very own Ironman!
Raised over £3,000
Steve Bates – Skydive
Steve was bought a skydiving experience for Christmas and was contacted last minute on a Saturday to ask if he could do the dive on the Monday. He quickly got involved and set himself up a fundraiser page.
Nikki Cundy – Marathon
Nikki ran a half marathon in aid of The Evie Dove Foundation raising over £1,100. Another amazing amount and well done Nikki on completing the half marathon.
Raised over £1,100
Josh Boorer – Charity Football Tournament
Josh Boorer arranged a Charity Football Match at Holiday Extras. He also organised a charity cake sale at the same time.
Josh raised £500 with gift aid of £61.75. The first ever Charity Football match for the Foundation – thank you so much for supporting us