The Delevingne girls have never needed much of an excuse to have a party. So when Boris Johnson announced the easing of lockdown on 21 June – the sisters’ WhatsApp group pinged into action.
‘It’s the same day as my birthday,’ says Chloe, buoyed by the news. ‘I’m hoping we will finally all be together for the first time since lockdown – for a party, anything.
‘Just to be able to leave the house and hug someone will be so special. I’ve been indoors homeschooling in my pyjamas for so long, I feel like I’m getting Stockholm Syndrome.’
In preparation for their grand reunion, the trio have teamed up to embark on The Lady Garden challenge during the month of March to raise money for charity. It is a mammoth feat of completing 250km of sponsored exercise between them; either running, walking, cycling, swimming or crawling and Chloe will be reporting back to Tatler.com on her progress.
‘Cara has been living in LA and asked if she could hike to make up her kilometres,’ says Chloe. ‘I have visions of her hiking up the hills in the sunshine the way they all do out there, while I’m walking through the snow and rain in the countryside. It’s lovely we can be so far away but all do this together.’
Chloe helped launch the Lady Garden charity in 2014 to raise awareness about gynaecological cancer with friends Tamara Beckwith Veroni and Mika Simmons after she had a cervical cancer scare of her own.
‘Just like most small charities, Covid-19 was a killer for our fundraising last year,’ says Chloe (whose annual gala lunches and Hyde Park charity-runs usually draws the support of Princess Beatrice and Ellie Goulding).
‘We didn’t know when we would be able to safely hold another event again so we decided to do something virtual which is great because everyone from all over the world can get involved now.
‘I needed a kick to push me out of the house and my pyjamas and something to look forward to for my own mental health. And I’m hoping it will help me get fit in time for when lockdown lifts.’
Her attempts at completing the challenge will hopefully be more successful than the false start she had to her training.
‘I have a spin bike and nearly broke my leg getting off it for the first time, my feet were still attached to the pedals,’ she laughs. ‘So I might stick to exploring the countryside or try walking to London.’
To sponsor the Delevingne sisters or for more information on how you can take on the challenge go to ladygardenfoundation.com
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