For those of you who were at the 11th December meeting at Exeter Golf and Country Club I will refresh your memories and for those that weren’t there, I will re-cap:
Hilary Corless from our Bideford Club is walking 230 miles, commencing 1st April, around Devon to all the clubs in District 17. She is endeavouring to do this in order to raise funds for The Piers Simon Appeal “School in a Bag” charity. School in a Bag is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world. Each School Bag is filled with stationery equipment and resources that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn.
She will commence the walk in Bideford and then basically walk in a anti-clockwise direction until she finds her way back. The order she will be visiting your club home will be Okehampton, Totnes, Dartmouth, Brixham, Torquay, Teignmouth, Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster, Otter Valley, Tiverton, Braunton and Barnstaple.
What she is hoping will happen is that some of you from each club will walk part of the challenge with her. She is happy for people to join her for as little as mile or for one or two stages, in fact as far as you want. All she asks is that you arrange some sponsorship. If you don’t feel able to walk yourself perhaps you have a relative, friend or neighbour who might like to join in. The more the merrier is the motto as the more walkers the more money we raise. It is also much harder trying to do it alone.
She will also need somewhere to stay each night, along with the husband who is acting as road crew! She has already received offers from Ann Mitchell at Totnes and Joan Denning at Sidmouth but basicallyshe will need accommodation at the other stops. Please email me or Hilary direct if you can help.
Logistically it is easier if all walkers use the same method of donation and there is a fund raising page which can be found at www.virginmoneygiving.com/aprilfoolery (please remember to gift aid if possible). If you wish to join in the walk simply email Hilary at email@example.com with details of which stage you would like to walk, she will then contact you with confirmation and keep in touch with you with more precise details as they emerge. She will also need a note of walkers so they can be credited on the above donation page so their sponsors know they are sponsoring the right person! She is hoping that Lucas Simon who is the Charity Liaison Officer for the appeal will be walking with her some of the way as indeed I will.
Current route and timings:
1st April Bideford to Meeth 16 miles (easy)
2nd April Meeth to Sticklepath 16 miles (easy to moderate)
3rd April Sticklepath to Chagford 6 miles
4th April Chagford to Holne 16.5 miles (hard)
5th April Holne to Totnes (Week) 8.5
6th April Totnes to Dartmouth 12.0
7th April Dartmouth to Brixham 10.8
8th April Brixham to Torquay 12.8
9th April Torquay to Exmouth 15
10th April Exmouth to Sidmouth 13.1
11th April Sidmouth to Seaton 10.5
12th April Seaton to Lyme Regis 6
13th April Lyme Regis to Ottery St Mary 18.0
14th April Ottery to Tiverton 17.0
15th April Tiverton to South Molton 18
16th April South Molton to Barnstaple 12
17th April Barnstaple to Fremington 14 (via Braunton)
18th April Fremington to Bideford 7
TOTAL 229.2 miles
President Inner Wheel District 17