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.
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 email@example.com (0771 408 4644) or Mabe School (01326 372662 firstname.lastname@example.org )
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
Hi there, we are planning to walk a 20-mile stretch of the South West Coast Path on Saturday 1st March 2014 to raise money for Ryan Edwards, from Exeter.
Ryan is an extraordinary 7 year old boy who has been battling High Risk Neuroblastoma since aged 22 months. He has received almost every treatment option available to him in the UK and his parents now aim to take him to Germany for potentially life-saving treatment - costing approx. £300,000 - they have so far raised over 75% of this.
A little bit about us - we live in Crediton, Devon with our four children, aged between 9 months and 12 years. Our youngest daughter underwent a bone marrow transplant two years ago after being diagnosed with leukaemia just before her 2nd birthday. She is now back to good health and we very much wish the same for Ryan. We are in no way taking this walk lightly - we both need to train hard as we generally don’t walk long distances, so this is going to be quite a challenge for us!
We would be very grateful for your support - donations can be made via this link: www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Luxton1 or TEXT DASA76 followed by £1 £2 £3 £4 £5 or £10 to 70070. Alternatively you can send cash or a cheque (payable to Mrs S Luxton) to ‘Hallingbury’, Buller Road, Crediton EX17 2AX
Thank you for taking the time to read this
Darren & Sarah Luxton
Hello, my name is Alan and I have walked the entire SWCP this summer in 31 days, covering an average 20 miles a day to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
To find out more about my chosen charity, please visit Prostate Cancer UK.
Prostate Cancer receives a lot less attention (and funding) than breast cancer despite the fact that one in eight men will get prostate cancer.
In September 2012, I was personally affected by the disease and have learnt a huge amount about prostate cancer since that point. At the moment, we are on the edge of serious breakthroughs in prostate cancer. Treatments are being worked on to control the spread of cancerous cells away from the prostate to other parts of the body (most prostate cancer fatalities are as a result of this).
I have set up an online giving page and would very much appreciate any support. Please visit: www.justgiving.com/AlanMacnair.
I will be updating my location via a blog which will have a GPS feed as I progress around the coast. Visit my blog here.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you would like to find out more about my story, please visit the JustGiving page linked above.
I am walking around the Cornish section of the South West Coast Path in May and June in order to raise funds for four charities, namely Macmillan, Alzheimers Society, the RNLI and the Cornwall Air Ambulance. I am insufficiently intrepid to undertake this challenge single handed, and so have an invaluable team of walking buddies accompanying me for various different stages; I sure they will also enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the path and the hard work of the SWCPA in keeping it open and safe.
For over 25 years, Cornwall Air Ambulance has been providing a vital helicopter emergency service to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
All these charities provide vital services and provide help for situations that are likely to affect many of us at least once in our lives. As such, they are highly deserving of support and so I hope some of you will feel happy to contribute to my fund raising efforts on their behalf. Please visit: Virgin Money Giving (BrionyReed)
Many many thanks indeed to anyone who chooses to contribute – it is much appreciated both by me and by the charities.
Hello, I am attempting a solo, unaided walk of the 1,014 km South-West Coastal Path, the longest UK National Trail in the UK in less than 30 days during the month of May. I plan to walk over 25 miles a day for a month continuously!
I will be starting at Minehead in Somerset and finishing at Poole Harbour in Dorset. The total height climbed during the course of this walk is a massive 114,931ft or just over 35,000 metres - that's four times the height of Everest!
The money raised from this walk will go towards funding the work of Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust, where I am Chair of the Board.
Widehorizons is a charity which exists to transform the lives of young people through the delivery of inspirational, high quality outdoor learning. Widehorizons believes that every child should have access to adventure as part of their education and throughout their lives. Through their six outdoor education centres across England and Wales they provide life-changing adventures for over 32,000 children each year!
Widehorizons was formed in 2004 as a result of a joint initiative on the part of the London boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham and we have now grown to become the largest charity provider or outdoor education in England.
We are an independent charity which continues to serve Greenwich and Lewisham, but has also expanded to include many other London boroughs and Walsall.
Our vision is for our services to be free at the point of delivery for disadvantaged children. We believe that every child should have access to adventure as part of their education and throughout their lives.
We are just about to announce our exciting new five year business plan which will see every aspect of our organisation changing and becoming more effective, reflecting a refocus on our charitable purpose. Adventure changes lives, we know that because we see it every day, and our new strategy has realistic but ambitious targets to make an increase to the 32,000 beneficiaries a year that see it with us too.
To find out more go to: www.widehorizons.org.uk
I was lucky enough to be able to go to an outdoor education centre when I was at school at a time when I was really struggling with my work and it transformed my life and outlook and awakened my love of the outdoors. Today, I help to manage the same centre that I was luck enough to visit all those years ago. I am doing this walk to help ensure that the children of today continue to able to have the same life changing opportunities that outdoor education can provide, as I did.
By helping me raise money for this walk, you will be ensuring that Widehorizons can help even more children and young people experience unforgettable adventures just like this one!
My walk will finish 5 miles east of our Townsend Centre in Swanage.
Updates will also be available via the Widehorizons web site.
Thank you for your support!
My name is Kevin O’Reilly, a Scout Leader from Bude, and I am hoping to be the first man to walk the 630 miles in my Cornish Tartan Kilt to raise funds for some badly needed playground equipment at my children’s school; Marhamchurch Primary School.
Last year, I set off from Cremyll to walk the 300 miles of the Cornish coastline in 2 weeks (in my kilt) with no back up team, no use of pubs or B+B's, carrying my kit and being totally self-sufficient. £1,500 was raised during this 1st leg of my challenge.
But now I want to continue the 2nd leg of my challenge (complete with kilt!) I shall be leaving South Haven Point on 7th August 2013 to walk the 220 miles to Cremyll within 10 days.
If you see me, please give me a wave, say hello, or if you would like to donate, all monies would be gratefully received and you may do so via:
Marhamchurch C of E Primary School, Helebridge Road, Bude, Cornwall EX23 0HY.
My Mobile: 07815 780370
www.facebook.com/cornishcoastlinecapers to follow my progress
My name is Martin Parnell and I am originally from Buckfastleigh in Devon. I studied Mining Engineering at the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, immigrated to Canada at 21 and worked 25 years in the Canadian mining industry. In 2005 I cycled across Africa and I saw the power of sport and play on children. The last four years I have been fund raising for the children’s charity Right To Play. They use play based programs to teach children key life skills such as leadership, team building and conflict resolution. In a number of countries these play based programs help prevent HIV and malaria.
In 2010 I ran 250 marathons and raised £200,000 for the charity. After visiting some of the children we had helped in Benin, West Africa, I decided I had to do more. I set up my “Quests for Kids” initiative. The plan is to complete 10 Quests in 5 years and raise $1m for Right To Play and help 20,000 children. So far I have completed eight Quests. They include the 250 marathons in one year; four Guinness World Records for the longest games of netball, lacrosse and soccer and the largest game of ice hockey; and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, which normally takes 5 days, in 21 hours.
My ninth Quest is “Rotary Coastal Quest 630” and is scheduled for March 2014. I will be leaving Minehead at 8.30am on Tuesday March 4th and, hopefully, arriving at South Haven Point at 11.00am on Tuesday April 1st. I am attempting to raise £100,000 for Right To Play and a donation site has been set up. I plan to run / walk an average of a marathon a day and hope to have hundreds of people from the UK and Canada join me along the way.
The logistics for my Quest are being handled by my friend Stephen Lay. Stephen is the District Governor for Rotary District 1290, in Cornwall, and Rotarians from four districts, in the South West peninsula, are providing accommodation and transportation.
I am a member of the SWCP Association and would love to promote the path in anyway I can.
My name is Mick Davidson, and along with my best pal, and fellow SWCPA member Daren Morris, we are walking the path from Poole to Minehead, in aid of the Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired. We crossed the half way mark on our last trip and will be starting our next leg from Coverack to Lamorna Cove later in October.
I consider for anyone to reach the half way mark a personnel achievement, but i am sure you will agree that Daren’s efforts are much greater as he is totally blind.
His single mindedness, discipline, and determination, which has got him this far on our journey to Minehead, is worth acknowledgement, which I feel would spur him on, and encourage other disabled and able bodied people to try and achieve their goals.
We have a web site with a link to our SWCP blog which we have been posting since setting off from Poole, it’s tells of Daren’s story, and of our journey thus far, via many archives, and photographs.
Daren deserves a pat on the back, as he is certainly an inspiration to me and to many others who know him.
I am walking the Cornish section of the SWCP from Mon 22nd July to Tues 13th August 2013 to raise much needed money for a charity who need £500,000 for treatment for a 3 year old boy called Henry Hallam suffering from Neuroblastoma.
Details of his illness can be found at www.hugsforhenry.co.uk.
I have walked this section before in 1992 and completed the whole SWCP in 1993, 1994 (the wrong way round) and again in 2007, all in one go.
As I'm in my 72nd year and it looks as if it will be very hot I am allowing 23 days to complete.
As I am very good friends with Henry's paternal grandparents so I obviously I feel this to be a very worth while charity and any donations to the above address would be very much appreciated.
Many thanks in anticipation of your generous support.
My name is Tom Vinall, I am 20 years old and I am an artist, performer, comedian, student, tennis coach, or NASA Astronaut - whichever I most feel like when I wake up. Originally from North Devon I am currently based at Falmouth University. I am studying Devised Theatre, which as a course straddles many different contemporary arts practices. As part of the final year of my course I am creating a self-led solo project entitled A Life's Walk.
A Life’s Walk is a project exploring the concept of mapping the time and memories of a life, onto a physical line. The life is my own; the line is the South West Coast Path. The project involves me walking approximately 270 miles from the maternity ward where I was born in Barnstaple, to the University where I now study in Falmouth. Over the course of 50 days from the 14th of October 2013 I will progress through memories I have from each stage of my life, each one varying in personal significance and detail. My aim will be to revive these memories in some way and give them a new existence in the places I visit along the path. Using my memory as a starting point I will turn my focus to the landscape and people of the place I inhabit to create a series of videos, photographs, songs, poems and ultimately mini performances of different forms, which will in some way, revive and remap a stage of my life as a shared memory onto line along which I travel. I will meet with people, in both chance encounters and arranged meetings to share my creations and invite them to join me in the creating. The journey will culminate with one final performance combining everything I have gathered along the way as I arrive in the present day at 1.30pm on the 7th of December 2013 at the Performance Centre at Falmouth University to a waiting audience. The performance is a free event open to the public.
I am looking for people and groups to meet with at all stages of my journey, and offer performances, talks and workshops in exchange for a bed for the night or a garden to pitch my tent in.
The project and all of its happening and creations will be documented on my blog – www.tomvinall.blogspot.co.uk
If you think you might be interested in meeting me or joining me for a stage of the walk, please don’t hesitate to contact me, if nothing else I’d love to chat.
I look forward to sharing my project with you,