We regularly hear from amazing people who are planning hiking or running challenges on the Trail in order to raise funds for charities of all kinds. People are often motivated by personal experience, so we hear some really touching stories. Perhaps it’s a walk to fundraise in memory of a loved one who suffered from a disease like cancer, or a trail running marathon to support an international development project that the fundraiser has visited in person.
Whatever the cause, we salute your commitment and wish you the very best of luck with your plans. We love that the Coast Path is used to generate thousands of pounds of income for important projects all over the world.
Fundraising for the Trail
What you may not know is that we are also a charity ourselves. We work to champion and protect the South West Coast Path National Trail, ensuring that it is always there to host meaningful journeys like yours. It would be hugely appreciated if you could include the South West Coast Path Association in your fundraising.
Did you know you can use a Virgin Money Giving online fundraising page to split the money you raise between multiple causes? You can even specify the proportion that each charity receives, and the income will be paid directly to each charity’s bank account – you don’t have to do a thing! How about 80% for your chosen cause and 20% to the Trail you are using?
If you prefer to support the Trail in another way, find out about donating or becoming a member here.
Meet some of the awesome people who have used the Coast Path to fundraise for their cause, whilst giving something back to the Trail at the same time:
Mark Burtenshaw, Cancer Research:
“Last October my Mum lost her five-year battle with cancer, she was initially treated for bowel cancer which over time spread to her lungs and her bones and eventually took her life. She was a wonderful, thoughtful and kind person and I wanted to do something really special to remember her. I decided to combine my passion for the Devon and Cornwall coastline to raise money to try and fight this terrible disease.
At the beginning of April this year, I plan to walk 100 miles of the South West Coastal Path to raise money for Cancer Research, not only would this raise vital money but it would give me a chance to take in the breath-taking scenery while remembering my Mum.
The South West Coastal Path website and team have made organising this event very simple, they have offered advice and the website makes planning your route easy, even offering suggestions on where to stay. The path is stunning and doesn't look after itself, so I wanted to give something back to ensure the path is looked after for future generations to enjoy.”
Steve Keller, four charities:
“Walking the entire Coast Path has been on my bucket list since my family and I used to camp in North hill in Minehead some 20 odd years ago. I will be walking 42 days non-stop, thanks to Digital Realty, my employer, who are supporting me by allowing me to take the time off.
There are four charities that I will be raising money for: my local Scouts unit, Sense, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the South West Coast Path Association. There are many well deserving causes in the UK and everyone has a reason to support their charity based on their personal experience. For example, I have been involved with Scouts for many years and we always need new kit, mini busses and repairs to the unit, so I like to do my bit.
On the Coast Path, I know am going to enjoy the scenery, rely on the sign-posts and benefit from hard work to maintain the Trail, so it makes sense to me to fundraise for the South West Coast Path Association as well this time. I know I will miss my wife for sure (not her snoring!), my kids (possibly!) and the comfort of a hot shower every night, but I can’t wait!" (Steve is on the left in this picture!)
Laura Holt, Parkinsons UK:
"I haven't done lots of fundraising in the past and taking part in the SWCP Challenge gave me the chance to raise money for two charities that do great work and spend quality time out on the trail with my lovely family and friends too. My Dad, sister, husband and children all took part.
Raising money as a big group meant we could all contribute towards a bigger target, so our fundraising had more clout for both the South West Coast Path Association and Parkinsons UK. Looking forward to our next Challenge."
Laura Reader, Encompass South West:
"After reading the book 'The Salt Path' by Raynor Winn I have been inspired to organise a charity challenge whereby I will complete 69 miles of the South West Coast Path in September. As a Youth Project Worker for the homeless I see daily the stigma and judgement attached to homelessness and I am hoping to raise vital funds as well as awareness on my journey. I am inviting various individuals or groups to accompany me on different sections of the walk to share their story and help others benefit in the power of communication as an aid to mental well-being. I will also be donating a share of my profits to the South West Coast Path itself. I feel blessed to have such an extraordinary section of the U.K on my doorstep and am hoping to tell tales of walks along the path and how the path itself has had a positive impact on people and communities and continues to do so."