Fundraising update

This time last week I shared that the total raised through the two charity walks I’ve recently taken place in with Mandy was a staggering £2,641.75. Guess I was a bit premature in using the staggering word, as it’s now just hit a really staggering £3,690.95!!!

Please see my previous posts for full details on the walks and charities being supported – Two treks complete and One trek not enough.

Huge, huge thanks to everyone who has donated. And how could I not finish by saying that our JustGiving page is still open :-)

Two treks complete

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported us on our recent treks. Both are complete now, and thus far we have raised a staggering £2,641.75 for the two charities we are supporting! Wow… just wow…

Some brief words about the walks below – but they say a picture paints a thousand words, so I mounted a GoPro to my rucksack and took time lapse photos along the way for both walks – links below if you’d like to see more!

South Downs Trekathon – in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

The South Downs Trekathon on 16th May started at the finish point of Beachy Head at 6am, where we got a coach back to the start point in Lewes.

The visibility at Beachy Head was dreadful – probably only about 20m! Thankfully by the time we set off in Lewes at 7.30am though, the sun was starting to break through and it turned into a perfect day for the walk.

Just a few pics below – the full album is on Facebook.

We completed this 26 mile walk in 11 hours, with just under 9 hours of walking time. You can see the full GPS track on Sports Tracker.

Trekfest – The Beaconsin support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Trekfest in the Brecon Beacons was on Saturday 6th June. Again the weather was a little iffy to begin with, but 10 minutes before the start the skies cleared and we were left with glorious sunshine for the whole day, even on top of Pen y Fan!

This was a circular route advertised at 29 miles, which actually turned out to be closer to 31 according to my GPS tracker (and no we didn’t get lost!!)

Again just a few photos below, with the full album on Facebook.

We completed this walk in 13 hours, with just over 10 hours of walking time and lots of climing! You can again see the full GPS track on Sports Tracker.

So in total…

  • 57 miles
  • 19 hours walking
  • 3,537m of ascent
  • Lots of blisters!
  • But most importantly – £2,641.75 raised for two great charities

Again, huge thanks to everyone who has supported Mandy or I. Our JustGiving page is still open if you would still like to donate.

One trek not enough

I’ve taken part in a long distance trek each year since 2012. This year, I’m doing two, both in support of Cancer charities.

On June 6th, I’m walking 27 miles across the Brecon Beacons, including taking in Pen y Fan about 2/3 of the way around. This trek is in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, which my sister was diagnosed with 6 weeks into her pregnancy at the end of last summer.

Co-incidentally, my new niece Cassie will be exactly 2 months old on the day of this challenge (and if all goes to plan we will be finishing almost exactly around the time she was born!)

As a warm up(!) on 16th May I am walking 26 miles across the South Downs, between Lewes and Beachy Head. This trek is in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, who support the work of the Royal Marsden Hospital.

This is a world-leading cancer centre specialising in diagnosis, treatment, care, education and research.  It was the first hospital in the world, opening in 1851, dedicated to Cancer Treatment and Research and it remains an NHS Hospital.

They are also currently treating my team mate’s Mum for a rare type of Cancer.

I hope you will agree two very worthwhile organisations, and any support you feel able to provide to either (or both!) via our JustGiving page would be very much appreciated.