On May 3, Rainy Day Trust ceo Bryan Clover set out to walk the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Challenge in 10 days, to raise funds for the industry charity.
He succeeded in completed the 186-mile trek from St Dogmaels to Amroth half a day ahead of schedule, and has so far raised over £6,500 (including Gift Aid) through his efforts.
He said: “The aim of the walk was not only to raise funds for the charity, but also to raise awareness of the work that the charity does in Wales, and encourage more applications.
“Bridgend-based Addis Housewares agreed to sponsor the walk, and provide back-up in terms of PR and marketing assistance, as well as a £3,000 donation to kick things off.
“The Path hugs the coastline of the county through some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales but also has some considerable climbs and descents. There were over 35,000 feet of hills, some of which are incredibly steep and the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest.”
Bryan managed his achievement despite twisting his knee only five miles into the walk, which caused difficulties for the remaining route and required strapping to be worn for the next nine days; and coping with parts of the route being closed, due to landslides and live firing in progress when the army range at Castlemartin was active.
Throughout the walk he monitored the number of steps taken and calories burned. The daily average was 38-40,000 steps and about 4,600 calories. And because of the warm weather, he was drinking three to four litres of water each day, all of which had to be carried.
Bryan said: “The walk has gone a long way to raise awareness of the Rainy Day Trust’s work. I have been asked several times if I would do it again – the answer is ‘maybe!’”
The Rainy Day Trust is the UK’s only charity supporting the home improvement workforce and their families in times of need. It has caring for past and present employees of the housewares, pottery & glass, hardware, brushware, DIY, builders merchant and garden supply trades since 1843.
To make a donation or for more information, please visit https://www.rainydaytrust.org.uk/events/rdts-pembrokeshire-costal-path-challenge/
Rainy Day Trust ceo Bryan Clover on day four of the walk