Jelly babies will help fuel Haverhill couple’s gruelling charity walk

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A couple will be relying on the energy-boosting power of jelly babies to keep them going on a 33-hour walk for charity.

Alysia Stevenson and her partner Rob Courtney from Parkside, Haverhill, are embarking on the London to Brighton Challenge over the bank holiday weekend.

Their 62-mile walk takes them from Richmond Park, starting at 7.20am on Saturday (May 24) morning, all the way to the seafront at Brighton where they hope they will finish the following day.

They have chosen to walk, rather than run or jog, the challenge which is described as one of the UK’s greatest endurance events. They will join 3,000 people taking part.

Alysia, who works with special needs pupils at Granta School in Linton, said they will be making sure they have an extra big supply of jelly babies with them.

“There are water and food stops all along the route. About two thirds of it will be off-road, along fields, and of course it will be guided through the night, something a lot of people worry about.

“We have to take lots of provisions including our jelly babies because they give us lots of energy,” she said.

The couple also have to take lots of spare clothes and extra socks. “We’ll have about three changes of socks and, if you get your feet wet, you have to change them because you can get blisters,” she added.

Alysia, 43, is raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and is something she has wanted to do for a number of years for a family friend. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do as a thank you to the hospital,” she said.

Alysia’s partner Rob, 41, is walking the event for the Help for Heroes charity which helps those who have served in the military. He is an operations supervisor at Ridgeons in Cambridge.

The couple have taken part in the London marathon before, and Alysia has also completed the Moon Walk, a breast cancer charity fundraising midnight walking challenge.

Up until now, the pair have completed only a 30 mile walk in training but hope their previous marathons will help.

“We are going to break it down into 10-mile sections, crossing off each one of six in our heads. It’s a mental challenge as well as anything,” added Alysia.

The couple’s sponsorship pages are and