A MOTHER forced to shield during lockdown walked an average of 2.5km a day on her treadmill to complete the Virtual Three Peaks challenge for charity.

Joanne Lancaster completed the challenge in 26 days, walking 55km – the walking distance up and down each of the Three Peaks.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice is very close to Joanne and her family, as her daughter Sarah volunteers as a Host on the Inpatient Unit.

Joanne often donates to the hospice community shops and plays the weekly hospice lottery.

She is no stranger to fundraising either, as she is on the charity board at her workplace, CMDP.

So when she found herself shielding at home from the pandemic, she realised that the V3P Challenge would be the perfect way to give her some focus and raise money for the hospice.

She said: “I hadn’t done anything like that in a while.

“‘There were some days where I had to push myself, but you feel so much better once you’ve done it.

“Normally at work I would average about 7,000 steps per day, however, since lockdown and being based at home, this has dropped down to barely 2,000.

“The challenge renewed my focus on personal health and wellbeing and since completing the challenge I have been going for a walk along the seafront three times a week and doing about 12,000 steps per day.”

She has raised £285 for the Eastbourne hospice.