The Pennine Way is arguably the finest long distance walk in the UK.
The North-South route follows the Pennine tops along the rugged backbone of England from the Cheviots Hills, over Hadrian’s Wall, then on through the Yorkshire Dales, and ending in the Derbyshire Peak District.
You can of course also walk from the South to the North, and a greater number of walkers probably tackle the walk in this direction.
On August 21st 2018 We (Catherine and Andy) set out from Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish borders to walk the Pennine Way to Edale in Derbyshire.
Our route covered over 260 miles following the Pennine Way southwards through the heart of Northern England. Walking an average of 20 miles a day and camping each night we arrived in Edale 14 days later on Wednesday September 3rd.
The walk, which we had been planning for over a year was both a personal challenge and a fundraising event.
People from across the UK and around the world have pledged sponsorship for the successful completion of the challenge.
Money raise from the walk was used to support community and international projects by the Rotary Club of Dronfield in Rotary District 1220.
The walk, which Catherine and Andy have been planning for over a year will be a fundraising event.
People from across the UK and around the world are pledging sponsorship for a successful completion of the walk.
Well we raised raise £1600, which will be split between two projects.
Our new regional children’s hospice.
The Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice and an international project supporting underprivileged children in the Tres Lagoas region of Brazil.
Catherine is currently winding up her gap year in Brazil and has identified the project in Tres Lagoas region as a worthwhile and effective use of funding.
The Bluebell Wood Hospice will provide much needed support for terminally ill children and their families. Rotary Clubs in the UK will be support Childrens Hospices as part of their program for 2018-19.
Working with the Rotary Club of Dronfield, Derbyshire of which I am a member we can use match funding for up to 50% of the funds we raise under the international section of our challenge.
In reality this means that for every £1000 we raise that Rotary Foundation will match it with £500.
Now that really is making money work.
Our previous project completed on June 27th 2018 has seen the installation of a spectrometer and Ultra Sound Scanner in a neo-natal hospital in San Juan, an extremely socially deprived town in Argentina.
The new equipment will enable the hospital to identify difficulties with the unborn child much earlier than at present and before the lives of child and mother are at risk.
The value of this project alone was over £8,500.
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