While on my long walk I will be collecting money for two charities; Médecins Sans Frontières and Cancer Research UK. I chose these charities for two very different reasons.
My employer, Northumbria University, has very generously given me sufficient unpaid leave for me to complete the walk (as long as I walk fast enough!). I consequently wanted to support a charity that was important to me and with which the University has an association. Médecins Sans Frontières is one of the charities supported by the University’s Students’ Union this year and is one I greatly admire. It is an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation providing aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. The majority of its workers are volunteers. They have struck me as one of the aid agencies most reluctant to leave areas of distress when things become very dangerous. I very greatly admire their workers.
Recently a family member has been diagnosed with cancer and this brought home to me what a challenging disease this is to treat. I would therefore like to help support research into the treatment of cancer and support for those with the diseases. Fundraising for Cancer Research UK is a way I can do this.
Please choose which charity you would like to support from the Pages below (or donate to both).
As for me, I am a 58 year-old man who enjoys the outdoors, especially mountain walking. I’m reasonably fit but have become much fitter as I have prepared for this walk. I am both excited and scared at the thought of spending 12 weeks walking the length of the country but have been much encouraged by the support of my family and the good wishes of all who have heard of my plan. I hope to pay back some of this support through a blog as I walk.