On Saturday 23rd April, I shall be taking part in a sponsored walk (to WESC – an 8 mile + walk), along the beautiful Exe Estuary path, from Exmouth to the WESC Foundation – the Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment, in Exeter. The walk is due to start between 9.00 am and 10.00 am.
The Exe Trail cycle path and walkway runs along the Exe Estuary from Exmouth all the way to WESC, passing through some of the most fantastic views and picturesque villages in the West Country. It is also very popular with bird watchers. The route is over 8 miles and is very well signed which makes for a relaxed and enjoyable walk. The route is also wheelchair and push chair friendly, so all the family can take part.
I have also helped to organise this walk and, having worked at the WESC Foundation last year, I wanted to give something back to the young adults who reside there all year round. So I thought to myself, what better way than organising a sponsored walk – something that young and old, friends and family alike, can take part in!
I have walked the route twice already, and on both occasions had fantastic weather. The photo above is of myself with one of the WESC students, Fiona, when we walked the route for the first time at the end of October last year. We’re pictured at the bottom of Lympstone village, with the mouth of the Exe Estuary behind us at low tide. Fiona will also be doing the walk with me on the day and she has been very helpful with planning the route too.
I have also organised a concert by the Exmouth Town Concert Band, on the sports field at WESC, to welcome all the walkers back. There will be refreshments available including cream teas and cakes etc, or you can bring your own picnic, while you sit back and enjoy listening to the band!
The children and young people at WESC Foundation all have sight loss and many have additional complex needs; they all achieve amazing things every day, but just going about daily tasks can present them with huge challenges. They work so hard in order to overcome their obstacles and this is what inspired me to help organise and fundraise this sponsored walk.
The money that I raise will go towards projects at WESC Foundation that I know will make a massive difference to the lives of the young people that I work with.
If you would like to sponsor me…
You can do so through Virgin Money Giving (the link is at the bottom of this page) and donations will be quickly processed and passed to WESC Foundation.
Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on the charity’s behalf, where the donor is eligible for this.
Alternatively, if you’re one of our local AAT students reading this, please do feel free to enter the walk yourself (see the WESC Foundation link below for details!), or come along to the WESC Foundation in the afternoon to enjoy the Band and a cream tea, and cross your fingers for some lovely weather!
I really appreciate all your support and thank you for your donations and taking the time to read this.