Our 4th Coastal Walk to D’Feet MND will be held on Saturday 6th June 2020.
There will be three walk options.
A long walk (approx. 24 miles) Whitstable to
A medium length walk (approx. 13 miles) Minnis
Bay to Broadstairs.
A short walk (approx. 6 miles) Margate to
There is an entrance fee of £10 which includes a tee shirt (collected on the day), training program, detailed plan of walk, and full insurance. Only registered walkers can walk and they must wear the tee shirt for insurance purposes.
Each walker is requested to find sponsorship to support people living with MND in East Kent. There is no obligation to raise sponsorship but all support is greatly appreciated.
If you intend to set up your own JustGiving page, we are happy for you to do so. Please select MNDA as your charity and then please mention MNDA East Kent in your story to ensure that funds you raise are used for people living with MND in East Kent. Once you have set up your JustGiving Page, please link it to our team at www.justgiving.com/team/coastalwalk2020 so we can keep track of the total funds we raise.
We left St Austell with a short walk up to the railway station to meet our bus for Truro. It was drizzling but thankfully did not turn into the downpour that looked likely.
We met with Hilary Fairfield and husband Mick for a delightful lunch.
After lunch we made our way on foot to Truro Cathedral where we had a guided tour arranged.? Our guide was both charming and very amusing.
We learned that the Cathedral was the last in Britain to be built traditionally, that is by hand, without any of the modern equipment that would be used today.
We also learned that the Cathedral had once been a wooden shed, during the period of construction.? No trace appears to remain of the shed but an earlier church which remains the local parish church is?an integral part of the Cathedral.
It transpires that the Festival of 9 Carols and Lessons was first held?in Truro Cathedral and the idea has been developed by other churches over time.
We were then treated to a Cream Tea in the company of Hilary, Mick and Chris and David from MNDA Cornwall.
Today started off well with a great breakfast to get us on our way to St Austell for our first day in Cornwall.
We walked to the designated bus stop to find our bus did not leave from it…..short panic as we identified the correct stop which thankfully was only 100 yards away.
The journey was uneventful and we arrived in St Austell shortly after 1pm.? We had a quick lunch and set off for The Eden Project where we arrived sometime after 3 having waiting some time for a bus.
The Eden Project is a massive horticultural project inside a number of geodesic domes as well as large areas of fantastic external plantings.? It is to be thoroughly recommended as a place to visit but not for a short period of less than 3 hours.? There is much walking and varying levels.? There are land trains but these do not always run until closing time, so care is needed to check when they and connecting buses to car parks are running.
After a short visit we fell into conversation with a delightful Scottish couple down for a holiday who made a generous donation on the bus back to St Austell.
Thanks to MND Cornwall for arranging our visit to the Eden Project.
Today started with rain and it ended with rain with rain pretty much all the time in between.
Following breakfast we were glad to leave the building site that was our hotel. Thankfully the builders were not doing a night shift.
A short walk to our bus for Plymouth which arrived on time in a deluge…we rushed to the nearest cafe for respite.
The rain appeared to stop and we decided to make a break for our b and b..big mistake we arrived wet through. Thankfully the b and b took pity on us and let us in early and enabled us to dry off.
Our evening was spent at Plymouth College OPM Suite where we were entertained by Sunny Side Up?
During the evening we met with members of The Ginger Prince Challenge who are raising funds in memory of a former colleague. To date The Challenge has raised over ? 500,000 by running various events including The 3 Peaks and Coast to Coast cycle rides. Truly inspirational men.
Thanks to Sarah and Natalie for organising the event
After a good night’s rest we had a leisurely breakfast and since we overlooked the bus station we had a short walk to catch our bus which took us to Torquay.
On arrival in Torquay we had a quick lunch before walking to Torquay Town Hall, where we had a reception.
We were introduced by Ray Hill Chairman of the council, who invited us to say a few words.
We were entertained by One Accord a delightful choir who performed several pieces from forthcoming show on July 2nd. Anyone who enjoys singing should try to get along to their concert.
We were delighted to see many Torbay Councillors who we were able to talk with at length, about our road trip and about services for PwMND. Torbay council has adopted our Charter but the Councillors were acutely aware of the need for full implementation.
Another fantastic event. Thanks to Sarah Hampton for organising everything.
Early start from Weymouth with breakfast specially prepared for 7.30. We caught our first bus for Lyme Regis which delivered us right on time to catch our onward connection to ?Exeter. This is a beautiful often spectacular trip and well recommended.
We checked into our hotel and enjoyed a brief lunch with Lynn’s son Jon who had a break from work to meet us.
We then went to Exeter Cathedral where we found the Bishop’s Palace. We were due to attend a garden party in the grounds but due to inclement weather Bishop Robert invited us to have our meeting in one of his elegant rooms, where a log fire had been lit for the reception.
Among the guests were Bishop Robert of Exeter, ?Lord Mayor of Exeter Cynthia Thompson, Lady Clarissa Clifford Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon and Canon Victoria of Exeter Cathedral.
Sally Light addressed the meeting thanking everyone for attending. We were especially delighted to see many persons living with MND and their carers enjoying the reception.
Huge thanks to all the members of MNDA Exeter and East Devon for organising such a wonderful event and special thanks to Kate of Cake-A-Doodle-Do for the fabulous Devon scones.
Checking the various possibilities for Sunday morning travel to Weymouth, we were forced to adopt plan B and travel by train, as we could not find a bus to get us to Weymouth by 11am.
We arrived in drizzle and made our way to Debenhams where Singing for MNDA was due to take place. Upon arrival we were greeted by volunteers assembling a tombola and information stand together with cream teas.
A PA was also being set up. ?We had no idea what to expect then Nickey Bates began to sing and we were treated to a glorious singing event. Nickey was followed by son Samual who sang beautifully.
Samual’s younger brother 9 years old Isaac was next and he proved to be the star of the show. Isaac could be Weymouth answer to Billy Eliott, He sang and tapped his heart out. He did his set 3 or 4 times, each time getting a big ovation from the passing crowds.
Howard Jackson was passing by and offered to sing. This Welshman had a beautiful voice and sang a few numbers. He also offered to sing at future events.
Thank you councillor Tia Roos for coming along, we enjoyed talking with you and your support is much appreciated.
Special mention for Jon Ash who had seen an article in the local paper and came along. He was delightful and made a special trip to return with a cutting from the local paper.
Huge thanks to Mary, Steve, Nickey, Samual and Isaac and everyone in MNDA West Dorset, we enjoyed meeting with you all and loved the singing and dancing.
Our day started with a rush to get to the bus station where we boarded National Express Bus bound for Bournemouth.
Soon after were we under way We encountered our first major delay due a coach fire on the M27.
Thankfully the delay only meant we had to go direct to ZipMND, before checking into our hotel.
We met with the volunteers of MNDA Bournemouth and East Dorset at the pier, where a great stall for information and tombola had been set up.
Dorset Fire Brigade joined us parking a magnificent fire engine next to our stall. Participants for Zip4MND were being registered and issued with a pack including an MNDA tee shirt. It was fantastic to see over 70 shirts around and on the pier.
We were joined by Conor Burns MP. Thank you Conor for your support it means a lot to all our members and volunteers.
Those of doing Zip4MND had to be weighed and I only just squeaked inside the upper weight limit. We were then trussed into a harness. Once trussed the hard bit began … ascending the tower for our launch over the sea to the beach below.
We were hooked to the zipwire and ready to plunge We had to put our weight into the harness and jump off the tower.
It seems impossible to control movement and much of the descent I was facing out to sea knowing soon I would suddenly brake and having no idea of how I was landing.
Thankfully I was soon on Terra Firma together with my Zip Companion Claire Tuckett.
Huge thanks to MNDA Bournemouth and East Dorset for organising such a splendid and enjoyable event which raised over ?2000 for the local branch.
We made our way from our hotel to the Hard Interchange in Portsmouth city centre, where we met with Ashley Morgan and Shane Dickson our travelling companions for the day, and Pam Fry.
The journey to Southampton was uneventful but bumpy. Upon arrival we made our to Guildhall Square after stopping briefly for refreshments.
At Guildhall Square we met with Councillors Paul Lewsey , Dave Sanders and Warwick Payne. We spent some time in conversation with them and we felt confident of their support for efforts to get Southampton City Council to adopt Our Charter.
The fun bus arrived and after some discussion we were shown where we might park it and then children were allowed on to enjoy the play area.
We were then entertained by Liberty Pride Cheerleaders who gave a delightful display of cheerleading and then happily distributed leaflets to onlookers around the ?square.
Thanks to all the volunteers ?and MNDA staff who came along, thanks to Liberty Pride Cheerleaders, thanks to the Funbus, thanks to the councillors and finally huge thanks to everyone who generously donated.
Fantastic day, once again we were blessed with good weather.
We were dropped off by our host Kate Taylor at The Pink Pub near Bognor for our journey to Portsmouth via Chichester.
From Portsmouth we caught another bus to our hotel in Southsea. We had some lunch and explored the area around the pier. We found a big wheel which had a wheelchair gondola. Good access and great views over the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
More buses to get The Rose in June. Nobody told us bus 1 is a loop so rather confused to see buses going both ways to the same destination. ?Sorted that out and arrived on time at the venue.
Recommend The Rose in June to everyone, it is a great local pub with a fabulous garden. The garden was set up for music and a barbecue. Thanks to landlords Paul and Paul
We were entertained by two artists and enjoyed the most wonderful burgers.
The Portsmouth volunteers and all the guests were so friendly we felt like we had known them for years.
Thanks to Luke Stubbs and his colleagues from Portsmouth Council for supporting us.