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.
Yesterday Barbara reached 1,000 kilometres which is 625 miles and 35,605 metres of ascent! Getting to this point certainly hasn’t been easy. Since we last updated on her progress she’s endured more dreadful weather. But more worryingly she also slipped on a tree root on the 15th April and has a possible fracture in her arm. She had to go to Shrewsbury hospital to get it checked out, but the results of whether it was fractured or not were inconclusive. So back to the hospital for more tests the day after and the consultant thought that her arm did have a small fracture. Fitted with a removable splint and the consultant’s advice that she should carry on if she wanted to, she headed back to the trail.
Barbara had some concerns about whether she would be able to put up her tent etc, so she devised a new plan. She jettisoned the heavy camping gear, at least temporarily, and added a few more B&B’s and hostels to the schedule.
There is no doubt that Barbara is one tenacious lady, she isn’t going to let anything stop her!
Yesterday she arrived in Uttoxeter after three days of green ways, Sustrans bike routes and canals. Her arm is getting easier but she’s still using the splint full time. Today, with a fair wind behind her she should reach the peak district.
So far Barbara has raised the wonderful total of £592, 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.