Doing it for defibs
Terry’s striding out to raise money for a good cause
I’m embarking on a walking adventure for a cause which has become very close to my heart (if you will excuse the awful pun).
After my collapse in Ipswich town centre, I have become acutely aware of the vital role played by defibrillators, and the importance of more people learning CPR. I owe my life to them. You might have seen the story about a defibrillator being stolen from its position in Ipswich. I’m delighted to say that, thanks to the generosity of some very kind people, that defibrillator will be replaced by rather more than one.
So, I began to think about how we could raise money to provide even more of these essential lifesaving devices.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my recovery has been walking. Pretty gingerly at first, inevitably, but more recently I’ve been striding out. My standard walk is four miles in an hour, which certainly gets the old ticker pumping.
My sister, Karen Chamberlain, is also a keen walker, and she came up with the bright idea of us doing the Suffolk Coastal Walk. This entails walking the length of the stunning Suffolk coast, from Lowestoft to Felixstowe. It’s a 60-mile march (or more of a stumble in my case!) on varying terrain. It’s quite a challenge.
Karen also suggested that we should try to raise some money to buy more defibrillators for Ipswich, and also for the lovely little town of Framlingham, which is where she has lived for more than 30 years. Did you know that Colchester has 22 defibrillators, and Ipswich – which is bigger – has only ten? That can’t be right.
So, the challenge is on. We’re still trying to decide whether to do the walk in three days or a more leisurely four. I know which I would choose.
Then there’s the little question of being fit enough. As I mentioned, I am doing quite a bit of walking, but there’s a big difference between a sprightly four miles and doing 15 or 20 miles for three or four consecutive days. How will my feet withstand it? How do I avoid blisters?
We’re aiming to do the walk in the first half of October when, hopefully, the weather will be perfect – not too hot, not too cold (famous last words).
I have done one sensible thing so far – invested £170 in some top-of-the range walking boots and socks. The boots are so incredibly comfortable, and they seem to bounce you into your next stride. I can see they will quickly become my best friends!
I’m really looking forward to it. Of course, I know all the ‘hot spots’ on our county’s lovely coast, places like Southwold, Dunwich, Aldeburgh, and Felixstowe. But I’ll be fascinated to walk through the more unsung places, the quiet places. It will be fascinating – if a little exhausting – and all for an excellent cause.
If you would like to donate to our walk to raise money to buy life-saving defibrillators for Ipswich and Framlingham, you can go to our JustGiving Page. Search JustGiving Walk for Suffolk Defibs.
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BELOW: The walk takes through the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty