On Monday 2nd May, three weeks from today, I am taking part in the Northumbrian Coastal Challenge, setting off from just north of Bamburgh and walking the marathon distance, 26.2 miles, to Alnmouth. I haven’t walked that route before so I am looking forward to it: I am told that it’s a beautiful stretch of coastline on a fine day, but it may not be quite so attractive on an English Bank Holiday Monday in very early May!
I am doing it to raise money for Myeloma UK. For the 5,500 people a year who are diagnosed with multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow) there is no hope of salvation: there is no cure and their average life expectancy is five years from the date of diagnosis. Following each treatment the disease comes back stronger, and you wouldn’t want anybody to suffer as they do in the final stages.
I have started a programme of demanding training walks along the tracks of upper Nidderdale and aim to have at least 100 miles under my belt before the walk starts on May 2nd , so please give generously. The easiest way to donate is via www.justgiving.com/sir-thomas-ingilby4 but I will also happily accept cash, cheques, CAF cheques, jewellery and watches. I raised just under £5,000 for this cause last year and hope to break that barrier this year: thanks to the generosity of some good friends I am already well on the way, and can beat my target with your help.
Any donation, whatever the size, will be much appreciated.
Sir Thomas Ingilby