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Stef's Coast To Coast Walking Challenge

Fantastic fundraiser, Stef, has completing the challenging Coast To Coast Walk, raising vital funds for the South Western Ambulance Charity and the Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Charity (Stroke Unit).

This epic walk took Stef and his companions from St Bees in Cumbria across to the east coast at Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.


They walked 192 miles, 472,166 steps and 7378m elevation (2 x Everest base camp to summit), with no blisters! They encountered varying terrains, changeable weathers and many stunning vistas.


With the generous support of many donors Stef has raised an incredible £2896 (including Gift Aid) because the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and the Gloucester Stroke Unit were there for him when he needed them the most. Having been taken to Gloucester by SWASFT ambulance on a number of occasions due to a period of ill health Stef said on his fundraising story that; 

“On each occasion the different ambulance crews were excellent – both with me and my wife Ruth. [… ] Having witnessed first-hand the dedication and professionalism of a range of NHS staff, at a time when they are over-stretched and underpaid, I wanted to give something back. […]  it would be great to help support those working within the NHS and in particular those whose professionalism and caring input I have benefitted from”.

Stef kept a fascinating daily journal of his adventure and his final thoughts included the following; "On a personal level I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience- the physical and mental challenge; the snow, hail, wind, rain…and occasional sun; the stunning variety of landscapes and wildlife; the feeling of connectivity with people.."

Congratulations and thank you Stef for sharing this wonderful achievement. Our thanks also go to everyone who supported Stef. And of course, thank you to all the NHS staff who were there when Stef needed them.

Donations from Stef's fundraising will be used to support the health and wellbeing of SWASFT staff through our partnership working with the Staying Well Service. 

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