Making Memories… Giving Hope

These Boots Were Made For Walking...


Dedicated CHICKS volunteer Liz Renton from Maldon Essex, took on the amazing Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of May walking the entire 106km circumference around the island, raising a fantastic £2,686.87!

Liz has been a dedicated supporter of CHICKS for over 20 years and explained: "I first read about CHICKS in a magazine article and donated for several years. In 2015 I was looking for a new challenge and decided to volunteer on a CHICKS break. I enjoyed it so much that I have now completed 6 breaks!"

Liz volunteered on breaks where children like Sophie are referred by professionals such as teachers and social or youth workers. Sophie was referred to CHICKS as she had low self-confidence having experienced bullying throughout primary school and into secondary school from a group of boys. Sophie actually wrote a letter to CHICKS that said: “Dear everyone, thank you so much for this. It has built our self-confidence so much! We love you lots and take you as a family. We will miss you a lot. We will always remember you."

Witnessing stories like Sophie's first hand, is what inspired Liz to take on the epic Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge.

“I know how hard it is for smaller charities like CHICKS to raise the funds necessary to keep operating and have seen first hand what wonderful work they do. So when I was looking for another new challenge I decided to combine a personal, physical challenge with an opportunity to raise moeny for CHICKS through sponsorship!" 

Liz set herself the target of raising an amazing £2500.00 for CHICKS and has absolutely superseded this through the help of friends and families and their extremely generous donations. “I completed the walk in just under 30 hours! The first 52km to the Cowes dinner stop were actually enjoyable but the second half was much more a case of 'mind over matter'. Clocking off each kilometre through the night with a 'woop' and a cheer got us to breakfast as dawn broke over Culver Down. The last 24km along the Esplandes at Sandon, Shanklin and Ventnor was a hot slog, but the sense of achievement was amazing!"

If you're feeling inspired and would like to take on a similar challenge or would like to volunteer for CHICKS click here or follow us on social media @CHICKScharity


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