Arabella Takes on Fitness Challenge for Sue Ryder

Arabella Wiltshire pulled on her trainers to take part in Battle Cancer London in aid of Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire, which is currently providing her stepfather with palliative care.

Arabella said, “The Hospice at Home team have been involved in my stepdad’s care for about eight months and they come in and visit him at home every day,” said Arabella. “The reason I wanted to support the charity was two-fold – it was in recognition of the fantastic care they are providing to my stepdad, but also how they have really helped me with my mental health.

“Until recently I was living at home with my mum and stepdad and I was finding it really difficult. Sue Ryder very kindly offered me the option of using their counselling service which I found very helpful. It helped to speak to someone who wasn’t directly involved in the situation and get all my thoughts out on the table.”

Battle Cancer London takes place at Olympia London and sees a team of four take on four nine-minute intense fitness workouts incorporating teamwork, high-intensity cardio, functional fitness, and weights. This is combined with a live DJ, dance floor, fancy dress and cheering judges. Each competitor is also a fundraiser, raising as much money as they can for their chosen charity. Last year the event broke the record of being the largest attended one-day functional fitness event in the world.

Arabella added, “Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a naturally athletic person, so to be able to compete in a competition after training regularly for about nine months is a big achievement in itself. It was an amazing experience and it was so nice that all the competitors were there for the same reason – to raise money for good causes. It was such an exciting day and everyone was in such high spirits on the bus back that when I got home my body was exhausted but my mind was still whirring and couldn’t switch off!”

Tom Horsfield, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire, said, “We’re so grateful to Arabella for taking on this epic challenge to raise much-needed funds for Sue Ryder. Every pound raised will help us continue to provide expert palliative care and support to local people living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families.”

Arabella’s JustGiving page is still open for donations. Visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/Arabella-Wiltshire