Swindon mum to hike 78 miles across Wiltshire for Prospect Hospice

Swindon's Prospect Hospice offers dedicated end-of-life care services for people with life-limiting illnesses.

Aurelie Soulier, a learning technologist from Swindon, will attempt a 78-mile Walk Across Wiltshire and Swindon over three days, in memory of a friend, Judith Hall, who passed away in December 2020 from a rare form of leukaemia.

The mum of two will cover a route just over three marathons in length, from the northernmost point in Wiltshire near Meysey Hampton to the southernmost point, near Nomansland, passing some of the county’s most famous landmarks.

Aurelie explains,"The walk is a chance for me to honour Judith's memory and fundraise and raise awareness for the great professional care Prospect Hospice provides to support patients like Judith with home care and also at the Wroughton hospice.”

"It makes sense to undertake a walking challenge in honour of Judith, who inspired me to take on more challenging hiking trips such as walking the Thames Path on my own, in the last year."

Prospect hiker

Judith loved hiking and is an inspiration to Aurelie for all her challenges. Judith hiked in locations all over the world and used to lead groups of Duke of Edinburgh award students in many local sights including the Ridgeway and Wiltshire.

Aurelie decided to walk across Wiltshire during the pandemic, to keep the walk fairly local, due to the limitations of various lockdowns. She found it a great opportunity to demonstrate how naturally, historically and culturally rich Wiltshire and Swindon are. Unfortunately, due to an operation and ill-health in 2021, she had to postpone the three-day hike, until now.

It isn't a traditional walking path, but was planned by Aurelie especially for this challenge.

It passes numerous notable landmarks: the RAF Fairford, Mouldon Hill Country Park, STEAM Museum, the Oasis Leisure Centre dome, the National Collection Centre (Science Museum), the Hackpen Hill White Horse, Avebury Stone Circle, The Sanctuary (West Kennett), the Alton Barnes White Horse, along the River Avon, Stonehenge, Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral.

Aurelie will be joined for a large part of the walk by her friend Aimée Helliker, from Salisbury. The pair love to talk and to walk so they are sure to keep each other motivated and entertained.

Aurelie is due to set off early morning on Saturday the 18th June and aims to complete the walk with Aimée on Monday 20th June, at the border between Wiltshire and Hampshire. She will be tweeting her progress from Wiltshire pole-to-pole on twitter at @ramblingon_blog .

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Prospect Hospice offers dedicated end-of-life care services for people with any life-limiting illness across a community of around 300,000 in Swindon, Marlborough and north Wiltshire. They deliver care within people’s own homes, at the hospice in Wroughton and in residential and care homes throughout our community.