Husband and wife complete the 1000 mile challenge – and are planning more!

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Linda and Barry Stock are enjoying taking on the Hope for Tomorrow 1000 mile challenge, and have already completed their goal, with more miles to come before the challenge ends in June.

Barry, 59, and Linda, 57, have both been enjoying walking during lockdown. Barry is currently working from home, but replicates his journey to work by completing a 3 mile walk before he logs on in the morning (3 miles each day) and Linda walks 30 minutes to work and back, with both adding in walks during the evenings and at weekends.

Barry has a health scheme at work with Vitality, who incentivise members to track their steps and receive points for coffee or cinema tickets. Linda says this has been a great way motivate them to keep walking, alongside knowing they are doing a great thing for Hope for Tomorrow.

The couple, from Longlevens in Gloucester, chose Hope for Tomorrow because Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and her consultant was Dr Sean Eylan (also the Hope for Tomorrow chair). He told her about Hope for Tomorrow and the mobile cancer care units. Whilst attending the Oncology Centre in Cheltenham for treatment, Linda became aware of the distance some people travelled for their chemotherapy and the mobile units seemed such a good idea. 

Linda says: ‘I follow Hope for Tomorrow on social media and saw the 1000 mile challenge advertised, so we decided to start it because I’d suffered from DVT in my leg, and had been advised to keep walking. So I did!’

Linda hit the target of 1000 miles on 28 February 2021, with Barry hitting his a few months earlier in December 2020. The couple has enjoyed a mix of short, local walks and a few coastal walks when allowed in between lockdown.

Barry says: ‘We have enjoyed the challenge and are keeping going until the challenge ends in June. Then we can see what we have achieved. It’s been such a good incentive to stay fit and healthy during lockdown and for ourselves, both physically and mentally. Because of Coronavirus we are limited as to what we can do, so walking gives us a purpose.’

Husband and wife complete the 1000 mile challenge – and are planning more!

Linda and Barry Stock are enjoying taking on the Hope for Tomorrow 1000 mile challenge, and have already completed their goal, with more miles to come before the challenge ends in June.

Barry, 59, and Linda, 57, have both been enjoying walking during lockdown. Barry is currently working from home, but replicates his journey to work by completing a 3 mile walk before he logs on in the morning (3 miles each day) and Linda walks 30 minutes to work and back, with both adding in walks during the evenings and at weekends.

Barry has a health scheme at work with Vitality, who incentivise members to track their steps and receive points for coffee or cinema tickets. Linda says this has been a great way motivate them to keep walking, alongside knowing they are doing a great thing for Hope for Tomorrow.

The couple, from Longlevens in Gloucester, chose Hope for Tomorrow because Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and her consultant was Dr Sean Eylan (also the Hope for Tomorrow chair). He told her about Hope for Tomorrow and the mobile cancer care units. Whilst attending the Oncology Centre in Cheltenham for treatment, Linda became aware of the distance some people travelled for their chemotherapy and the mobile units seemed such a good idea. 

Linda says: ‘I follow Hope for Tomorrow on social media and saw the 1000 mile challenge advertised, so we decided to start it because I’d suffered from DVT in my leg, and had been advised to keep walking. So I did!’

Linda hit the target of 1000 miles on 28 February 2021, with Barry hitting his a few months earlier in December 2020. The couple has enjoyed a mix of short, local walks and a few coastal walks when allowed in between lockdown.

Barry says: ‘We have enjoyed the challenge and are keeping going until the challenge ends in June. Then we can see what we have achieved. It’s been such a good incentive to stay fit and healthy during lockdown and for ourselves, both physically and mentally. Because of Coronavirus we are limited as to what we can do, so walking gives us a purpose.’