Long-time supporter and Friend of MPA, Barbara Sanders, is undertaking the most extraordinary feat this spring. Barbara is walking from Penzance to Burnley and is asking people to support her efforts by donations to MPA.
The weather has continued to give Barbara a rather hard time, with lots of rain, high winds and cold to negotiate, even some hail! In mid March she camped for the first time and woke to find frost on the tent. Wearing two t-shirts, plus two insulating layers; a hat and nose mask kept her warm enough. As she says, “the advantage of sleeping in a set of warm clothes inside your sleeping bag is that you are ready to make a dash for the toilet block at a moment’s notice”!
But thankfully there have also been brighter days, as you can see from her photographs. You can also see the two amazing bridges she needed to cross. Both during high winds. The Clifton Suspension Bridge into Bristol and the Severn Bridge into Chepstow were both swaying precariously as she crossed. In fact the Severn Bridge was closed later the same day. We are continually impressed by her determination to keep moving, no matter what.
By the end of March Barbara got her first good view of the Black Mountains and with that reached more than 50% in days, miles and ascent. She has walked 400 miles and climbed 23,380 metres of ascent.
As a member of the Clarion Choir we are sure that it was very meaningful when yesterday, walking the Cambrian Way, she passed the Chartists Cave where they used to hide the printing press for the Chartist movement and then a memorial to Aneurin Bevin -the architect of the NHS.
For the next few days Barbara is being joined by her friends Derek and Ellie who are also walking the Cambrian Way (commonly known as the Dragon’s Back) and are acting as her guides. We do hope the weather treats them all kindly.
So far Barbara has raised the wonderful total of £440, but this magnificent effort deserves more. If you can help, contributions to Barbara’s fundraising can be made via Just Giving.
Look out for updates on Barbara’s progress on this blog and on our Facebook page.