In May 2019 I will reach a significant birthday and I wanted to symbolise my life's journey from birth to the present time by running from the place of my birth in Hastings, on the south coast, to my current address in Ipswich, raising funds for two great charities in the process.
My 132 miles (211 km) route will start at the site of the former Fernbank Maternity Hospital in the Old Town of Hastings and take me along the Hastings and St. Leonards seafront promenade to my first address in West St Leonards and then head north to my current address, near Ipswich.
This I will do as a single stage event without any sleep. In some places I may have some support and where I do not I may have to pop by into supermarkets to stock up on water and food to fuel my journey. I will keep mostly to minor roads for safety and navigate the route as I go.
I will start my challenge mid afternoon on Thursday 2nd May so that I can get to Gravesend early next morning to cross the River Thames to Tilbury via the foot passenger ferry and then hopefully be home in time for breakfast on the morning of Saturday 4th May.
I am supporting two charities in this challenge:
- The Eye Appeal at Ipswich Hospital, as I work at the hospital and appreciate the treasure of sight through life and thankful to the NHS for an eye operation I had as a child
- The ActivLives at Ipswich which I have taken my mother in law to many times, which helps people in their advancing years keep active, healthy and socially engaged.
Read more on these charities below:
The Eye Department at Ipswich is one of the busiest in the hospital, offering an extensive range of services to adults and children. They have set up the appeal so they can fund additional equipment and resources that cannot be provided by the NHS alone. Currently they are needing funds for portable equipment that will provide non-invasive imaging tests. This is a really clever piece of kit that has the potential to detect, diagnose and monitor eye diseases earlier. It will be particularly beneficial to infants, children, wheelchair users and those who are bed bound.
Note: The money raised via JustGiving will be split equally between the above charities. I do also have the traditional paper sponsorship forms should anyone wish to have their donation directed specifically to one of the charities.