Barkle Ramblers trek 180 Miles and raise £5,200

Brothers Ryan and Matthew Barkle from Gloucestershire and Dorset, and their father Anthony from Somerset, took part in the Isle of Wight Challenge over the May Bank Holiday weekend. They trekked over 180 miles between them over two days in aid CLIC Sargent.

The group, who called themselves the Barkle Ramblers, raised £5,200 for the charity, exceeding their original target of £5,000.

They were inspired to take on the challenge when Ryan's three-year-old daughter Abi was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), which is an incurable but treatable form of cancer.

Support from CLIC Sargent

Ryan said: "Hearing that your child has cancer is like having your insides ripped out and stamped on.

"CLIC Sargent support started immediately with the work of the Play Specialist as she was unwell she was not allowed to go to the play room and was stuck in her room. The play specialist would bring her activities to her.

“Once you get over the shock, the support provided by family, friends, Treetops Nursery, CLIC Sargent and the care from the NHS has been overwhelming.

"This challenge is a way to do something to say thank you to the charity that has helped the most during this difficult time."
CLIC Sargent Nurse Claire enabled the family to get into a routine and return to work much quicker by providing some care at home and went and met with the nursery to assist with her return.

CLIC Sargent Social Worker Janet has also been in regular contact and helped in getting a break at Centre Parcs through Sail 4 Cancer.
Anthony wanted to mark his 60th birthday with a challenge so he and his sons suggested doing something for CLIC Sargent to say thank you. As part of the training Matthew has lost five stone in the process.
To support the Barkle Ramblers you can make a donation on their official JustGiving page or text AMRB60 £5 to 70070.

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own challenge, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Caroline Marshall on 0117 311 2655 or email: