Ian Wainwright

Wainwright walks Great Britain.

Fundraising for Rennie Grove Hospice Care
raised of £3,000 target
by 215 supporters
Land's End to John O' Groats
Rennie Grove Hospice Care

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RCN 1140386
We offer personalised care day and night to give patients the choice to stay at home


My Grandad, Bernard died the week before Christmas last year. In the last few weeks of his life Rennie Grove helped to ensure he could remain at home and provided exceptional care and kindness, not only to him but to the whole family.

To raise money in his memory, and to enable other families to benefit from the services that Rennie Grove provides, I am walking the length of Great Britain, from Land's End to John O'Groats, starting on 1 May and finishing some time in July.

To follow my journey, I've set up an instagram at https://www.instagram.com/iwainwright.walks/

My Grandad, Bernard Wainwright.

I was very close to my Grandad, he lived around the corner and looked after myself and my sisters growing up. He was a kind, gentle man, with a twinkle in his eye.

Grandad learned to paint in his 70's, drove his own car until 90, and only needed external care in the last 6 weeks of his life.

Unfortunately a mouth cancer returned last year, after being in remission for 40 years, and he passed away the week before Christmas. I miss him.

About the charity.

Rennie Grove is a charity providing specialist care & support for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses in Buckinghamshire & west Hertfordshire. Through their unique hospice at home service, available day & night & a range of day services, they support their patients to live the best quality life they can with a choice about how & where they are cared for towards the end of life.

The Walk.

Map: https://onthegomap.com/s/jnv7d254

I am walking between Land's End (the most southwest point on Great Britain) and John O'Groats (the most northeast). The absolute shortest distance between the two is 874 miles, but that would involve a lot of motorway walking...

So I'm stitching together some of England and Scotland's most beautiful long distance footpaths.

I'm starting in Land's End and going North, to ensure I have the weather at my back as much as possible.

I am making my own way through Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, hoping to pick up the Cotswolds Way in Bath. I will follow this till its end near Chipping Camden, then the Heart of England Way, going East of Birmingham.

I'll then enter Grandad's home country in the Peak District, aiming for Edale and the start of the Pennine Way. After 253 miles, I'll reach the Scottish Border and will take a little jolly to Lindisfarne monastery.

In Scotland, I'll take the John Muir Way over to Loch Lomond, then the West Highland Way to Fort William, potentially climbing Ben Nevis (if I feel like I need even more of a challenge). I'll then walk the Great Glenn Way to Inverness.

Finally, I'll take the John O'Groats Trail to... John O'Groats. Probably finishing mid to late July.

I'll walk between 1000 and 1200 miles, and ascend and descend the height of Everest over the three months. I am taking a tent, and will camp for a significant portion of the journey.

About the charity

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Verified by JustGiving

RCN 1140386
We believe that everyone with a life-limiting illness should be able to live well for as long as possible & have the choice to die at home. We will put you & your family at the heart of our specialist care, day & night, to live the best quality life you can & to make every moment together matter.

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