Do­ing it for de­fibs

Terry’s strid­ing out to raise money for a good cause

EADT Suffolk - - INSIDE -

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.

Thank you very much.

BE­LOW: The walk takes through the Suf­folk Coast & Heaths Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty

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