Cornwall South West Coast Path Charity Walk

Walking 293 miles of rough coastal terrain to raise money for Cornwall Mind and Ataxia UK. A continuous 3 week walk from Plymouth to Bude carrying gear and food on our backs.

The Charities The Reason The Challenge Support Us

Just Giving - Ataxia UK Just Giving - Cornwall Mind

Hiker walking The South West Coast Path in Cornwall to raise money for Ataxia Uk and Cornwall Mind

Who We Are And Why We Are Doing This

Hi! I'm Fi and I run Fi The Friendly Gardener gardening services here in Cornwall and I also work for the Mental Health charity, Cornwall Mind. Having found out recently that my dad's suffering with a rare degenerative disease, Cerebella Ataxia, and having lost my dear friend, Sally, I wanted to do something to raise awareness for two charities who work to help people during challenging times in their lives.

When it became clear I wanted to organise a fundraising event, walking the entire Cornwall portion of the South West Coast Path seemed like a perfect fit for the two charities we've chosen. The mental health benefits that a wonderful asset like the South West Coast Path can bring to people's lives are abundant. For sufferer's of Ataxia, the South West Coast Path is symbolic of the freedom to roam which this degeniterive condition can so sadly impede.

As the idea of this charity walk was beginning to form, my trusted sidekick (aka my boyfriend, Sam) was all too keen to join the challenge. Between us, when June comes around we'll be carrying all our camping gear and provisions and aiming to walk the ever-undulating 300mile Cornish coast path in 3 weeks and, hopefully, raising lots of money for these two fantastic charities.

The Challenge
Bob, Sam and Fi in the great outdoors

For My Amazing Father Bob

A passion for walking is something I have inherited from my Dad, who has spent a lifetime rambling his way around the UK.

Dad was a founder member of a walking club called the ‘Gamecock Folk and Rambling Club’ which he was a part of for more than 35 years. Some of Dad's walking highlights include; walking 40 miles in a day to raise money for St.Mary's Hospice in Birmingham and hiking over 50 miles of Hadrian's Wall to raise money for Good Hope Hospital Heart Unit.

In recent years Dad has been diagnosed with a rare disease called 'Cerebellar Ataxia'. This is a degenerative disease which can come about at any age in life and can be linked to many things but is currently without a cure. The disease has had a big impact on Dad's balance and his ability to walk which has been a big challenge in his life.

The Ataxia UK are a charity, dedicated to helping those with Ataxia and they have been a valuable lifeline when dad's needed advice, information and guidance about his condition.

Ataxia Society

Just Giving - Ataxia UK

Sally

For My Dear Friend Sally

I lost a dear friend Sally, when she was unable to get through some very challenging times in her life, which is something that everybody can relate to at some stage in their life.

It's often charities like Cornwall Mind that can make the difference between a positive outcome of getting past pivotal moments like this or a devasting one if people can't find a light when they are in a dark place.

Ever since losing Sally from my life I've been drawn to Cornwall Mind as a charity that can make a vital, positive contribution to people's mental health and wellbeing.

I've since found out first hand how passionate, dedicated, and caring the team of staff and volunteers at Cornwall Mind are.

Cornwall Mind

Just Giving - Cornwall Mind

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere worth going”

The Charities We're Supporting

Ataxia Uk Website Screenshot

Ataxia UK

Ataxia UK exists to enable people with Ataxia to make the most of the lives they have. They are unique in that they both support people with Ataxia and fund research.

Ataxia is a degenerative disease of the nervous system which affects coordination. Symptoms of ataxia include slurred speech, stumbling, falling and incoordination. In most cases, there's no cure for ataxia and supportive treatment to control the symptoms is necessary.

Awareness of the condition is limited and funding for research is desperately needed. Ataxia UK funds vital research into finding treatments and a cure and gives invaluable support to sufferers until they are found.

Ataxia UK
Cornwall Mind Website Screenshot

Cornwall Mind

Cornwall Mind endeavour to prevent those who are vulnerable from developing mental health issues. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

As a member of the team, I've seen first hand the amazing commitment and energy of all the staff and volunteers at the charity and the wonderful initiatives, resources and support they provide for people who are feeling vulnerable to mental health issues.

We're hoping to help fund some of the amazing resources that Cornwall Mind provide by undertaking our challenge. There are lots of creative outlets such as 6 week guided creative writing courses, online yoga classes as well as the gardening initiatives which are very dear to my heart as a way to help people find peace during hard times.

Cornwall Mind
Map of Cornwall showing the route of the charity walk for Ataxia Uk and Cornwall Mind spanning the entire coastline

What We're Aiming To Achieve

The South West Coast Path is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath. In full, it stretches for 630 miles running from Minehead to Poole Harbour and encompasing coastlines in Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset. As the route rises and falls with every river mouth, often from stretches of high cliffs, it is also one of the more challenging trails. The total height climbed upon completing the whole trail has been calculated to be 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest.

For our challenge, we're aiming to complete the Cornish part of this epic National Trail. This stretch is just under 300miles, runs from The Rame Peninsula (just across the Tamar river from Plymouth) to Marsland Mouth (about 10 miles north of Bude). We'll be carrying all our gear in backpacks and walking every day until we get to the finish line at the border with Devon in North Cornwall - we're aiming to be walking for 21 days.

We're hoping to raise £3000+ to split between these two fantastic charities so, if the idea resonates with you, hopefully you'll help support us with the goal!

Support Us

How You Can Support The Goal

If you'd like to help us on our journey, here are a few things which would be truly invaluable to the cause.

First and Foremost are any donations you'd like to give to the amazing charities we're raising money for on our Just Giving pages:

Just Giving - Ataxia UK Just Giving - Cornwall Mind

The other massive favour we'd be really grateful for is any shares you can give to this page on any of the social media channels you're part of.

Also, if you can think of any friends or family who might find our cause worthwhile, any emails or even good old fashioned word of mouth sharing about our challenge would get us one step closer to the goal!

Follow Our Progress On Facebook!

We'll be updating our Charity Walk Facebook page whenever we can while we're on the walk so give our page a like and you'll be able to follow us there to find out how we're getting on with the challenge:

Charity Walk FB Page

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