Team Tower to Tower are back on dry land!

30 May 2018

It’s Day 3 of The Donna Louise’s Tower to Tower 2018 and Team Tower to Tower are back in the UK!


They arrived at Brighton Marina at 3am, after an epic 40hour row across the English Channel from Le Havre!

They faced high winds, rough waters, storms and high swells and, at one point, the team had to be removed from the boat. When it settled and they were back underway rowing all the way to Brighton.

They’re now half way through their epic 4 day challenge and have just a few hours to adjust to being back on land, get some breakfast, change their clothes and pull on their walking boots before they set off on the final leg of their epic challenge.

The team have been awake for over 50 hours and have travelled 460km since 5am Monday morning. They are exhausted, sore and mentally very tired but are preparing to tackle the final leg of the challenge – they will trek 100km walk from Brighton to London, walking through today and tonight, before arriving in London at approximately 3pm tomorrow.

The team will be joined later on the trek by Kip Blakeman whose family use The Donna Louise for respite care for their daughter Lyla.

When Lyla’s Mum, Meghan was 18 weeks pregnant, Lyla had a stroke in the womb, followed by a haemorrhage. Amazingly she survived the pregnancy and her premature birth. She has severe brain damage as a result of the stroke and has 13 diagnoses, 4 types of epilepsy, visual impairment and cerebral palsy.

As time goes on Lyla requires more specialist care, equipment and medical intervention. The whole family spend time at The Donna Louise, with Lyla's older brothers Jamie and Connor enjoying our Sibling Groups and art therapy, Mum Meghan receiving counselling and enjoying pamper sessions and Kip regularly joining the Dad's group.

Meanwhile, Editor in Chief of The Sentinel newspaper, Martin Tideswell, who is also walking with the team and raising money for the families at The Donna Louise said, “What an effort so far by everyone, absolutely awesome! If you want inspiration and motivation you just have to listen to the journey they’ve had to cross the channel.

“I’m nervous about the walk, it’s a long way and the night part will be tricky but I love this charity and feel honoured to be part of the team”

So now, the team of 12 has become a team of 13 and are heading to London along residential streets, bridle paths, country lanes and dual carriageways.

To arrange interviews and for more information, please contact Mel Hulse, Head of Communications, on 01782 654444, mel.hulse@thedonnalouise.org

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