From Salisbury Plains to the Sahara

2nd March 2020

As part of our ongoing charity partnership with Horatio’s Garden, we are pleased to be able to support the ambitious efforts of one its volunteers as he prepares to run the Marathon de Sables.

Often billed as the “toughest foot race on Earth”, the ultramarathon is a staggering 156 miles and is held over a six day period in the Sahara Desert, with over a thousand runners taking part.  

Jack Folkestone was inspired to take on the incredible challenge after working as a volunteer in the spinal unit at Salisbury Hospital, where the first Horatio’s Garden was established in 2012. He describes the charity as being close to his heart, and one that his whole family is invested in, with his mother acting as patron.

Jack’s fundraising target for the event is £20,000, of which we were proud to pledge £1,000 to help him achieve his goal. With a month to go before the event (which starts on 3rd April), he is still short of his target amount, and further donations can be made via his JustGiving page.

“Horatio’s Garden has long been a charity close to our hearts at Woolley and Wallis,” explained Chairman, John Axford. “We continue to sponsor the sculpture in the Salisbury garden, and some of the regular events that are organised throughout the year, including the Pythouse Kitchen Garden supper on 12th March. Everyone involved with Horatio’s Garden seems to work incredibly hard to make it the success it has become over the last eight years, and for Jack to take on a challenge as famously tough as the Marathon de Sables shows just how inspiring the charity is. We wish him all the best.”

To support Jack in his ultramarathon attempt, please click here.

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