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Andrew Gray

Walking from Windermere to Kielder

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In July 2018, I'll be undertaking a two-week walk from England's biggest natural lake to its biggest reservoir, raising funds for the [url=http://www.clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk/]Clwyd Special Riding Centre[/url] in Llanfynydd, Flintshire.[/p][p]The [url=https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Lake+to+Lake+Walk]Lake to Lake walk[/url] starts easily enough, with the chain ferry across Lake Windermere (pictured). It then passes through the Lake District, Eden valley, North Pennines and up the North Tyne to end at Kielder reservoir: 267 km (166 miles) through some of Northern England's finest, and most remote, countryside.[/p][p]I will be walking partly to celebrate my 51st year, and partly in memory of my aunt, Anne Sopwith (pictured with her dog), who founded the Clwyd Special Riding Centre in 1982. This remarkable centre supports a wide range of activities, uniquely including residential riding holidays. Please see the website at [url=http://www.clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk]www.clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk[/url] for more details, and please sponsor me generously![/p][p]As the Chief Executive of the Riding for the Disabled Association told Anne Sopwith's family after her death last year, "The achievement of creating one of the best known RDA Centres in the UK was massive in itself, but the additional vision to make it one that so many people could benefit from through holidays was ground breaking. It is impossible to know how many riders, drivers and RDA Groups generally have visited the Centre, but it is a place held dearly in the hearts of many and this is down to the determination and hard work of Anne and her team."[/p][p]My aunt was 52 when she founded the Clwyd Special Riding Centre, so with a fraction of her energy I should have no problem completing the 166 miles from Windermere to Kielder.[/p][p]The other landscape pictures below are a view towards the Scandale Pass in the Lake District (2017), and from Isaac's Tea Trail within the North Pennines (2013). If you would like to join in any part of the walk, please get in touch (you should get my contact details if you give money through this site, or can contact me through the [url=https://www.facebook.com/events/2035891163360031/]facebook event page[/url]). I can also provide paper sponsorship forms and more information nearer the time, and will add updates on facebook.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

07 Jul 2018


The Clwyd Special Riding Centre Limited

The Clwyd Special Riding Centre Limited




Good luck Andrew!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Janet Gunning

What a fantastic way to celebrate reaching a milestone in life. Good luck with the walk - I hope the sun shines for you.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Tom and Jodi

Well done for making this walk in memory of Aunt Anne and supporting a cause that was so close to her heart. Above all for continuing to give so much to people who have so much less, and so little opportunity, yet so much to offer. With our love T and Jx


philip gerrard jones

great effort in memory of a remarkable lady your aunt

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid



The very best of luck for your walk, Andrew. Hope it goes well.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Chris Parker

Good luck Andrew, have a good walk, hope the weather is kind to you!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid


James Sopwith

Andrew, what a wonderful thing to do. You are right that the CSRC is an amazing charity and any funds you raise will be so gratefully received. Good luck and I hope you have plenty of blister cream and or good fitting boots.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Catherine Duff

Will be great to join you for a couple of days. Thank you - in memory of Mum and raising money for such a special place to all of us and her. Catherine x

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Victoria Everall

Well done Andrew for taking on this walking challenge. I hope to join you for a few days near the end. The Centre is a fantastic place and any monies raised will be hugely appreciated and will benefit many. Victoria x

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid