A RETIRED grandfather from North Derbyshire is walking 192 miles - from one coast of England to the other - to raise money for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.
David Edwards, 65, from Chesterfield, will take two weeks to trek from St Bees Head, in Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay, in North Yorkshire, taking in three national parks including the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
He will be accompanied on the walk by long-time friend Bill Armstrong, 63, from Radcliffe, in Manchester.
David chose to raise money for Ashgate Hospice because the hospice cared for his wife Sue in the days before her death from cancer in 2007.
Since retiring, he now works as a volunteer at the hospice one day a week.
David said: “The hospice is somewhere that means a lot to me and my family. We saw first hand what a wonderful job they do for people in their dying days and hours. I thought it would be a very suitable memorial to my wife to help Ashgate Hospice continue to provide these irreplaceable services.”
David, a member of North Derbyshire Running Club, has been training for the walk with regular long hikes in the Peak District but he’s under no illusions about how difficult it will be.
The walk is due to start in Cumbria on Thursday, September 6, and he plans to reach the North Sea coast on September 20. His sons Adam and Jonathan will meet up with him along the way to offer their support.
David said: “Doing this walk is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it is going to be a really tough physical challenge walking up to 20 miles a day. There are also quite a few hills along the way.”
You can help with David’s fundraising effort by donating via his JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/daveandbill-c2c.
For more information on Ashgate Hospice visit their website at www.ashgatehospice.org.