Walks for Charities by SWCP Association Members
Are you a member planning a walk along the Coast Path for charity? Send us details and we'll add your walk to this page. Once you've completed your walk, send us a photo and a report and we'll include these as well.
I am working as a teacher at Kingsbridge Community College until the 23rd of May. I start my new job as Beach Manager at Brixham Breakwater Beach 1st of July. During June I plan to walk from one workplace to the other, although perhaps by not the most direct route; I will head west along the coast path, around Land’s End, before heading back to Bideford, following the Tarka Trail to Okehampton, then the Two Moors Way and Templer Way to Teignmouth, finally heading across Torbay to Brixham via the coastpath. In total this is approximately 440 miles. I’ll be carrying all my own kit and camping along the route, whatever the weather! It would be great if the SWCPA could support me with publicity or in some other way.
I have chosen my charities as they all have a large impact locally and for more personal reasons. Working on the beach, I know what a brilliant job the RNLI do in protecting and rescuing sea-goers, sometimes at great personal risk. I have been a Team Manager for Ten Tors for the past 5 years and have been impressed by the great service the Devon Air Ambulance provide. One of my friends has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia and been supported by the Plymouth and District Leukaemia Fund. All three charities are highly relevant to Plymouth.
I would be extremely grateful for any support that you could give me. You can get in touch with me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. My fundraising page is at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/walktowork2014 and my Twitter is @walktowork2014.
Mikes Million Steps
I'm walking 673 miles along England’s south coast to help Oakhaven Hospice help more patients
Starting late May, through to the end of June I am planning a major walk to raise funds for the hospice. I intend to walk the entire South West Coast Path (643 miles - north to south) over 34 days.
However I will also be adding a further 30 miles to the walk along the Bournemouth Coast Path in order to finish my efforts back at Oakhaven during our annual Family Fun Day on June 28th when we have some 1,500 people in the grounds. That makes it a trek of 673 miles during which I am aiming for around 20 miles a day and will have climbs that total 114,931ft almost 4 times the height of Mount Everest.
Just in case you were wondering I am a very experienced long distance walker and have trekked all over the world including The Inca Trail and The Grand Canyon so this is not just one of those random ideas but is something I have been thinking about and planning for some time. In addition to the money I raise from my personal challenge I am inviting our supporters to join me for a leg or legs and generate their own sponsorships; will you join me?
Please visit www.mikesmillionsteps.co.uk for more information
Salcombe Coastal Marathon - Saturday 3rd May 2014
This is the fifth running of a Coastal Marathon from Torcross to Bantham, via Salcombe along some of South Devon’s most beautiful coastline. This is a multi-terrain event. The distance will be a minimum of 26.2 miles with 4500’+ ascent has been calculated using a GPS and altimeter. This year the distance is again likely to be greater due to diversions resulting from landslides, more details to follow closer to the date of the event (at this time the 2 mile diversion, that we followed last year, at Lannacombe is no longer required). The nature of the terrain and ascent/descent makes actual distance a little academic. We hope to attract both walkers and runners and will have two coach transfer times to allow for different speeds.
This is organised as an event rather than a race due to the logistics of having to stagger starts for safety on narrow sea cliff footpaths and also due to waiting for the ferry across to Salcombe. Self-timing will be in use, although we will of course publish results. Entries are limited to approximately 100 places, for safety reasons and for transport logistics.
This year we will be raising money for two charities: PORT-ER (an Exeter-based charity for amputees www.porter.com), I am a Trustee of this excellent charity, and the SW Coast Path Association to fund maintenance work on a section of the footpath that we use. I have added the SWCP Association again this year to provide on-going support for their work, following more unprecedented amounts of damage to the coast paths resulting from the excessive rainfall that we have been enduring (www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk). A Tee/Sweat Shirt will be available, cotton or Tech, prices to be confirmed.
Walking On Sunshine Mabe Community Primary School sponsored walk
Walking On Sunshine is one of the events we at Mabe School are organising to raise money for the Solar Panels that are being placed on the roof of the school. The school is officially a Solar School and aims to teach the children about helping to be sustainable, to help the local environment while saving money at the same time. We need to raise a total of £10,000 and with other events we are on the way towards this goal.
If you are a business and especially along the route of the coast path between Helford Passage and Falmouth’s Prince Of Wales pier, can you help? Do you want to be a part of the whole day event and promote your business?
For more information please contact either Paul Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org (0771 408 4644) or Mabe School (01326 372662 email@example.com )
We hope to include a treasure hunt along the course with a special goody bag for all participants (tbc) and there is a minimum of £10 that needs to be raised in order for this to be fulfilled.
Walking On Sunshine is a sponsored walk of various stages between 1.5 miles and 10 miles from Helford Passage to the Prince of Wales pier in Falmouth. Anyone can walk and raise money for the school and we are looking for people who want a fun family day at the end of March 2014 (Saturday 29th) who would like to take part.
The short walk is 1.5 miles from Falmouth Docks to the Prince of Wales pier or you can walk any part of the whole distance of 10 miles from Helford Passage into Falmouth via Durgan, Rosemullion Head, Maenporth and Pendennis point.
As part of the Falmouth Spring Festival the event will be highlighted in the festival programme, gaining a lot of exposure in the general press and we are inviting as many people as possible to be a part of this fun day.
James & Emily Whetter
This May we are planning to part-walk, part-run the entire Cornish section of the coast path in 15 days, to support two local charities, Children's Hospice South West and Cornwall Hospice Care. We are husband and wife, both Cornish born and bred, and although we've both walked sections of the coast path growing up, being able to do the whole Cornish section at once is going to be an amazing opportunity!
We're going to be joined by various people at different stages of the walk, and we're planning to walk into Penzance on the day of the Pirate World Record Attempt Gathering dressed as pirates with as many of our friends and family as we can muster!
More details can be found on www.cornwallcoastalchallenge.co.uk and we would be very grateful for any donations at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CornwallCoastal