The story so far ……
In July 2009 Marc and Steve completed the Ghurkha challenge, although in different teams they had enjoyed the challenge and discussed ideas of raising money for another charity. They both had personal reasons for choosing greyhound gap and hit upon the idea of walking the 4 coast to coast walks of Great Britain. This would mean 1 walk each year for 4 years and bring a total mileage of 1,000 miles; they set themselves a target of reaching £10,000 for Greyhound Gaps Kennel fund.
So in 2011 Marc & Steve walked Wainwrights coast to coast walk. They walked on average 22.2 miles a day for 9 days to complete the 200 mile walk and raised £2,550.00.
In 2012 They launched they’re own website and facebook page called walkingthebeat and were joined by Community officer Stuart and completed an arduous 212 miles of the “Southern Upland Way” in what can only be described as horrendous conditions. Total mileage walked so far 412 and a further £4,030.00 raised.
So onto this year 2013
Offa's Dyke path is a 180 mile coast to coast route of South to North Wales. Commencing on the Sedbury cliffs of the River Severn and finishing on the Sandy beaches of Prestatyn , passing through no less than eight different counties and the border lands over twenty occasions. The walk will be tailored to 180 miles over 7.5 days which will see the guys walk 24 miles a day. Upon completion of this walk will bring the total mileage completed to date to a staggering 600 miles over their challenges.
As always the walk is totally self-funded with all money raised being donated to Greyhound Gaps kennel fund.
Below is some information on Greyhoundgap and the fantastic work that goes on around the country, please take the time to read this as it will become very apparent very quickly to all of you why we want to both raise money and promote through as much publicity as possible their good work
Greyhound Gap is a small independent charity set up to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome greyhounds and lurchers who find themselves in a ‘put to sleep’ situation in UK pounds. Funded almost entirely by donations, they rehome around 150 dogs each year. We can have up to 60 dogs in our care at any one time, in foster homes or in holding kennels awaiting suitable foster homes. Greyhound Gap operates on a national basis so our dogs can be homed in most areas throughout the UK.
They have a network of volunteers across the whole of the UK who can help physically by: fostering hounds, fundraising, home visiting, transporting and walking our kennel hounds. They also offer the opportunity to sponsor our long-stay hounds.
They are totally self-funded and work extremely hard to raise the necessary monies to continue helping these wonderful hounds. This is made possible by fantastic support from our network of volunteers and you, the general public. Without that generosity we could not do the work we do and we are incredibly grateful for every donation we receive, however small. Every single penny really does help!
We are trying to raise £100,000 as a deposit for a property and kennels that will enable us to spend more time with the dogs and especially those that that are in need of rehabilitation.