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Luke Saxton

Luke Saxton is crowdfunding

raised of £5,000 target by 100 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to Dorset Mind, Great Ormond St Hospital & HealthBus Trust

The South West Coast Path.

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As you read this, I am walking England’s South West Coast Path in one stint. Its 630 miles /1015 km. I estimate it’s going to take me 40-45 days. I’m doing it solo and on a shoestring. My main reason behind it is to hopefully use it as a tool to try and improve my own mental health. I‘ve suffered treatment resistant depression for around 25 years, as a result have tried every type of therapy, talking, pills and physical with no success. My best attempts have come from cold water swimming which I did every day this winter, however the cold water is no longer! So I'm looking to another natural therapy which I may feel may help. I‘ve watched other people with similar struggles do long distance hikes and it‘s done wonders for some, so I'm hoping to benefit mine and of course through fundraising, the lives of many others. This task alone without depression would be very challenging…with it undoubtedly more so. It‘s just me and my tent, I’ll be sleeping wild for pretty much the whole journey, perhaps the odd night in a campsite if funds permit to clean up!

For perspective its around 25 marathons and the same elevation as scaling Everest around 4 times. I’m doing around 15-20 miles a day sometimes more. But also consider I’m carrying a heavy backpack up and down savage terrain.

I shall document the journey morning and night via various social media platforms, (signal willing) with basic videos & images showing my progress. Please, please do share them to your followers on a regular basis so we can raise the maximum amount of money for the chosen charities. More donations will also help drive me forward psycologically through my darker times. If you'd like to follow my journey the links to my accounts are below. Please follow and encourage others to do so, so you get regular updates and in doing so pages can gain traction to improve chances of donations.



I’m doing the path in the reverse direction than is standard, so from Sandbanks in Dorset down to Lands End and then up to Minehead in Somerset.

If anyone lives on the route and fancies giving me a pitch for the night in a garden, or better still a shower, beer & meal it would be incredible! 😉 Also if anyone wishes to join me for a leg or 2, I’d welcome the company. Its going to be incredibly challenging at times and perhaps lonely, so walking with a friend or even a kind stranger would be fun.

The main thing is to please donate anything you can. I appreciate we live in expensive times…so no amount is too small. (or too big obviously!)

Here is some basic info and links to my chosen charities:

Dorset Mind My local mental health charity. Obviously very close to home for me and undoubtedly if not me personally, you’ll know or have known people with severe struggles.

Great Ormond St Hospital We all know St Ormond St continual fight tirelessly with Cancer. Its horrific for anyone, but children really are the most tragic and heartbreaking cases of all.

HealthBus Trust Getting effective medical assistance to the Homeless around Dorset. These guys work with such passion and have been awarded the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS) in November 2023. This award, equivalent to an MBE, reflects the organisation’s exceptional contribution to individual lives and the broader community, showcasing the positive impact on the well-being of the area. I’ve personally witnessed whole team making huge sacrifices. More funding is paramount.

I‘ve chosen 3 very varied charities so we can spread the love. Donations will be split evenly between the 3. However if you feel more passionate about one over another, just specify it in your note with your donation and I’ll make sure yours goes there.

Even if you want to give to an entirely different charity, I‘ll even redirect it there. Maximum funds are the obvious goal!

I appreciate 2 of the charities are Dorset based and it may not be your area or even your country. Consider that main national charities often have a lot of money, wheras the regionals struggle and even if you gave to the national, chances area those specific funds would not reach your area anyway. As far as I’m concerned its about helping anyone you can regardless of where they are from…after all a life is a life.

Finally….I’ve started with a goal of £5000. Its impossible to judge how much I can raise, thats up to you to share it, but £2000 is the minimum for the London Marathon. I‘m doing the equivalent of 25 of them with more hills than you can imagine, whilst living pretty rough…so I think that’s a very attainable amount which I hope to increase with your help in sharing this information with friends and family, work colleagues, random strangers in the street…basically anybody & everybody PLEASE 🙏🏼

Many many thanks

Luke x

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  • Jenifer Jones

    Jenifer Jones

    Jul 12, 2024


  • Adam Hemms

    Adam Hemms

    Jul 9, 2024

    Well done Luke, an amazing experience for you and it shows just a little of what you are capable of, if you push. I hope this provides the positive mental uplift that you are seeking, it should!! 🙏💪


  • Anonymous


    Jul 8, 2024


  • Sophie Bairstow

    Sophie Bairstow

    Jul 7, 2024

    Amazing - well done! And loving the pictures along the way. Cornwall tourist board should be contributing to your cause…! 😂


  • Kristal


    Jul 6, 2024

    You are doing amazing!! So lovely to see you in porthleven and be able to put you up for the night. Good luck on completing your challenge xx


  • Julie and Steve Murphy

    Julie and Steve Murphy

    Jul 4, 2024

    Wow. What an inspiration to everyone Luke. Keep it up and we will follow your walk. (Not literally) We met you at the ferry at Padstow, going over to Rock , with our dog


  • Steve Hart

    Steve Hart

    Jul 3, 2024



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Luke Saxton

Luke Saxton

The South West Coast Path.

Just trying to fix my demons, but in the process make some money which can be donated to help others fix theirs or go towards the running and progression of charities who help make significant differences in saving peoples lives.

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