CLIC Sargent's Social Work Team Leader for Newcastle, Gary McCoy and his family have completed the 110 mile Cleveland Way walk, raising almost £1,000 for children and young people with cancer. Here's his story:
“After my son Ellis was forced out of our joint attempt on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast (C2C) a couple of years ago because of injury, we had often said we would attempt another long distance walking challenge together. Earlier this year we plumped for the Cleveland Way.
“Admittedly it’s not quite as physically demanding as the C2C but still a fair old stint at 110 miles of moorland tracks and coastal paths in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. It also so happened that I had just started working for CLIC Sargent and I thought to myself, well, if we are going to do this anyway why don’t we turn it into a fundraising event? So we roped in our partners, Liz and Amy, to make it more of a family event and decided to cover the distance over the standard nine days, calling our team ‘Cleveland Whey Aye!'
“Anyway, the four of us set off in Helmsley on the 25 May, taking in the beautiful expansive moorlands and magnificent high cliff, coastal paths, stopping in picturesque fishing villages like Runswick Bay and Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby (of Dracula and Captain Cook fame) and the Victorian seaside town of Scarborough, before finishing in Filey a week later.
“Luckily the majority of the walk was done in glorious sunshine and most of us were in good shape at the end, but Amy was our hero for battling through with severe blisters and the loss of toenails!
“At the outset we had decided not to deliberately fundraise on the event but we all wore our CLIC Sargent t-shirts with pride every evening and we were surprised and touched by a good number of random donations made by people we encountered... A few weeks on we are still collecting in the money, but given that it was a fairly spontaneous decision to fundraise at the time we are delighted to say that we have raised nearly £1,000 for CLIC Sargent along the way!”
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To find out how you and your family can help raise funds for children and young people with cancer, please contact Fundraising Manager, Dee Tyler on 07767 621 705 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.