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Walking for Sunshine – March 2021

Ian Calderbank and Andrew Fairbairn have entered a walking challenge together – no, not the Tour de Trigs again as in 2015, nor Andrew’s famous Isles of Scilly to Muckle Flugga achievement in 2009 but it is Land’s End to John O’ Groats.  Well, a contribution towards it at least !

Those members who attended the Club Zoom meeting on 8 February will have enjoyed John Bridgeman’s talk about the Sunshine Centre and the wonderful Community Support work that it does based in the Bretch Hill and surrounding areas.  There is a report about this on the Club website.

To raise funds the Centre have issued a Community Walking Challenge, running (sorry about that !) from 15 February to 30 March.  The idea is that people join up to the challenge, walk as much as they can during that period and clock up their miles.  These are all added together then in an attempt to reach the 838 miles required.  It is sponsored by Sport England and individuals can seek personal sponsorship from friends, etc..

Anyone wishing to donate may do so also by visiting a Go Fund Me page taken out by Sharon Ellis of the Sunshine Centre.  If you join up to the Challenge the Centre will provide a pedometer and some local walking maps if you need them.  The walking can be anywhere – wherever it’s legal that is of course !

So, if any members wish to have a little light walking exercise with no pressure here is an opportunity to support a good cause at the same time.  Alternatively, if you simply wish to show support for Ian and Andrew you can visit the Go Fund Me page and donate at:

Andrew was first out of the blocks on the first day (15 February) and by the 22nd day when this was written he had already reached 362 km (228 miles).  Ian, being of a more leisurely nature started on the eighth day and has reached 185 km (116 miles).  As you see we maybe walking together but very much socially distanced.

If you do wish to join the challenge and have a bit of exercise, you can see the details in the flyer and use the form within it.

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