Eloise Appleby

Eloise Appleby

Walking The West Highland Way


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]15 June 2021[/p][p]This time next week I'll be flying to Glasgow, ready to start my 5 day, 96 mile hike. I am getting a teensy bit nervous, but the midgie forecast is looking good and the weather will be cooler than the sweltering heat of my last two training walks.[/p][p]I've now lost two toenails and have some interesting red marks around my ankles.... not to mention an achey coccyx where I slipped and landed full stretch on the hall floor at work last week. [/p][p]But your donations have kept coming in, and thanks to a lovely early morning contribution from Beryl today I'm now over the £13k mark. I've never raised this much in my life before in one go. [/p][p]The B&Bs along my route are all confirmed - and promising me tasty Scottish breakfasts, with the odd evening nip of whisky to help ease the aches and pains of the day. [/p][p]So here goes, with the final countdown. Thank you all for encouraging me and for being so generous to The Grange. xx[/p][p][br][/p][p]28 May 2021[/p][p]Last week was a blister-free and rain-free walk from Guildford to Haslemere from the excellent website www.fancyfreewalks.org There was a great deal of mud, and my leg muscles had to work hard to keep me upright.[/p][p][br][/p][p]On Wednesday I walked a couple of hours along The Solent Way from Lymington: sparkling waves and spring flowers, although the cliff path looked a bit on the crumbly side. I also bought new walking boots and am looking forward to clumping round the house in them tonight as part of the breaking in process. (I'm not sure the family will enjoy this.)[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thanks for the continuing encouragement. I am seriously hoping the promised heatwave will see me to the end of the 95 miles: but if it doesn't, your kindness and generosity will ensure I have an inner glow to keep me warm and dry![/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p]16 May 2021[/p][p]I tried out a 20 mile walk yesterday - easy going, the length of The Wey Navigations. Lots to look at and plenty of rain showers to give me a taste of Scotland. But I did it... and treated myself to a chocolate twist in Costa in Godalming at the end of it. I will include a few hills next week. [/p][p]Thanks for yet more donations. You are a wonderful bunch. Not long to go now. Eek![/p][p][br][/p][p]16 April 2021[/p][p]You crazy people! You have sent me over the £10k mark today. And almost at the same time we have completed on our house purchase and had a date for second vaccinations for the people we support. What a fabulous Friday this is turning out to be. Thank you thank you thank you. The pressure is really on now to nail this walk![/p][p][br][/p][p]12 April 2021[/p][p]An extremely 'big up' to Paul for a whacking great contribution today, which has now put a round £10k in my sights. Anyone else going to throw their cheque book into the ring?[/p][p]I am even now abandoning a delicious slice of Grange-made lemon drizzle cake to go on a practice walk. And now the shops are open I can buy new walking boots with my birthday money. June is sneaking up fast, all of a sudden.[/p][p][br][/p][p]09 April 2021 Update[/p][p]Wow, folks - you've taken me over the £4,000 mark already. How kind you all are! (I'm pretending not to see the Gift Aid total at the moment in case I get too excited for words.) There's still loads of time to pester your friends and workmates to help a worthy cause. You could have a socially distanced cake sale; a clear out of things to sell on Ebay or send some old CDs off to Music Magpie and then donate the proceeds to this sponsorship account. Send me some photos to upload while you're doing it. The Grange is so appreciative of all the good will and support it receives: we support have more opportunities to live full and meaningful lives as a result. Thank you again.[/p][p][br][/p][p]24 February 2021 Update[/p][p]Hi again - [/p][p]A huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far. What a brilliant start to the campaign. Do keep reminding your friends and relatives that there's no better place to invest their lockdown savings than The Grange at Bookham.[/p][p]I've just updated my walk dates to the end of June, following the latest announcements about coming out of lockdown. I am hoping the midges won't be out in full force by then. And I'm looking forward to having warmer weather to walk in, as well as more daylight to complete my daily hikes.[/p][p]It's so good to see flowers emerging, as the season thinks about changing. The mud is gradually drying up too, which makes life a lot less slithery.[/p][p]Looking forward to some training walks with some of the people we support at The Grange. Feel free to join me on a practice walk if you feel like burning off some Covid Year Calories.[/p][p]BW[/p][p]Eloise[/p][p][br][/p][p]January 2021 - Introduction:[/p][p]I work for an inspiring charity called The Grange Centre. We provide homes, skills, social opportunities and care for adults with learning disabilities from our beautiful base in the Surrey countryside. Around 130 adults look to us to give them the encouragement and support they need to live more independent and fulfilling lives. We learn as much from them as they do from us, and every day at work is a day well spent - full of fun, friendship and memories.[/p][p]2020 wasn't great for anyone. But one thing we learned is that outdoors is the safe place to be. We've all walked, run and cycled more during the pandemic. So now I'm going to walk a bit further - 95 miles in 5 days, to be precise. Accompanied by my ridiculously active friend Tom, I am walking The West Highland Way from 23rd to 27th June 2021. [/p][p]I am raising money for my charity to make up for the many fundraising events that couldn't go ahead in 2020, and the resulting loss of income. I don't want the people we support at The Grange to lose out to Covid19 any more than they already have. So please help me to help The Grange in making amazing things happen for them by sponsoring my walk. Or at least be ready at the finish line with a steaming bowl of porridge for me![/p]
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Jun 20, 2021

The Curry Family

Eloise - we're thinking of you and sending you blister free vibes! Hope it all goes well Love the Curry Family X

Jun 18, 2021

Helen Hughes

Best of luck Eloise, I hope the midge are kind to you and your new boots serve you well!

Jun 17, 2021

Joanna and Mariusz

Good luck Eloise, we are keeping our fingers crossed everything will go well!


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2021

Kate C

Best of luck Eloise. Enjoy it!


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2021


Well done Eloise!! - in awe of you!!! Have a great walk


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2021

Beryl Appleby

Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you will get there!


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2021


Good luck! That sounds like an amazing and challenging walk!!


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 14, 2021


Good luck, stay safe and well, and enjoy!


Jun 9, 2021

Mary Pollard


Jun 9, 2021

Sue Letts


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

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