Two mums are taking on a marathon challenge to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

At the beginning of the year, Lyme Regis mums Liz Broome and Alice Williams were thinking of ways they could improve their fitness and do a bit of good.

Having both had close family members who had been affected by cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support seemed an obvious charity to support.

Both Liz and Alice had raised money for Macmillan through coffee mornings in the past, but it was their shared love of walking that encouraged them to take on the Thames Path Mighty Hike on July 20.

In 2016, Alice completed the Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike, walking 22 miles from Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth to Corfe Castle, completing it in six hours and the first to cross the finish line.

Liz is no stranger to long distance walking either. Her mum Denise was treated for breast cancer in 2005, and in 2006 they both took part in the London Moonwalk, a 26.2mile walking marathon around London at night.

Liz and Alice’s challenge this year will see them walk the 26 miles from Windsor to Henley along the River Thames.

Training is well underway, with both Alice and Liz looking to do a minimum of three training walks per week and have both pledged to raise a minimum of £250 for Macmillan.

They will be holding a fundraising coffee morning in the Lister Rooms in Lyme Regis on Saturday, June 16 from 10am to 2pm, where there will also be a raffle with prizes including a breakfast for two at The Lyme Bay Café, a selection of beers from Lyme Regis Brewery, a voucher for Lyme’s Fish Bar, a bottle of wine from Lyme Bay Winery, a cream tea for two from The Bell Cliff and many more.

Tickets are available from Liz and Alice beforehand as well as on the day of the raffle.

The pair say they have been overwhelmed by the support they have received so far.

Alice said: “Macmillan is a charity that is close to people’s hearts. Everyone seems to know someone who has been affected. We have been amazed by the response so far.”

Liz’s cousin David was supported by the Macmillan nurses.

She said: “My aunt told me how my cousin used to look forward to the regular visits that he received from his Macmillan nurses. Sadly, David lost his battle with cancer, but the care and support he received during his illness from Macmillan was invaluable.

“It is great to be in a position to help give something back.”

To sponsor Liz or Alice, visit their Just Giving pages at or /alice-v-williams, or follow them on Facebook at their Liz and Alice’s Mighty Hike page.