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It’s a chilly Friday evening, the start of the weekend, and many families are winding down after a busy working week.

Pete and Sally Wright, however, are wrapping themselves up for an unusual night out. Donning their all-weather gear, backpacks and headtorches, they are swapping the comforts of their sofa for a four-hour walk around the Berkshire countryside in the dark.

The couple are in training for a cosmic endurance feat – a walk into space.

They’re planning to walk 100 kilometres, the distance from earth to space, in just 24 hours to raise money for Thrive.

And to make the task even more challenging, they are going to do it in the middle of winter.

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Headtorches show the way through the night

Sally said: ‘We thought we'd do it in the cold, damp month of January, when there's little light and also a good chance of freezing temperatures or even snow!’

To prepare, Sally and Pete have been getting used to walking in the dark and the cold by doing night treks in the countryside around their hometown of Wokingham. However, they both have form when it comes to physically pushing themselves.

‘Pete and I enjoy doing endurance events but coronavirus has led to many being cancelled, so we decided to try something different while raising money for a cause which helps so many people,’ said Sally.

‘Restrictions this year have given many of us an appreciation of how gardens and nature can benefit our wellbeing and that’s why we wanted to support the work of Thrive.’

If you’d like to support Pete and Sally, you can do so here.

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Sally and Pete enjoying some training in daylight

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