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Louise Barnes

Walking the 630 mile South West Coast Path

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Around 1st September 2018, I will begin walking along the South West Coast Path setting off from Minehead in Somerset. My favourite walking companion, Tilly my rescue dog, will be with me every step of the way. Our ultimate aim is to reach Poole Harbour at the end of this magnificent path, the longest national trail in the UK at 630 miles. Completing it it is also the equivalent of climbing the height of Mount Everest from sea level just short of four times. [/p][p]We are walking for the sheer pleasure of experiencing this superb coastline, but also in aid of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. In 2016 my younger sister, Liz, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 40. She is an incredibly caring and motivated person who has devoted her adult life to improving the lives of others. Liz is a manager for a fostering agency who is passionate and compassionate about the young people she works with. Despite her diagnosis, and the difficulties it brings, she always endeavours to go the extra mile.[/p][p]Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition characterised by tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement and balance problems as well as problems with cognition, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, depression and more. Around 145,000 people in the U.K. are living with Parkinson's and it is predicted that 1 in 37 people will receive a diagnosis of Parkinson's in their lifetime. [/p][p]The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is a leading international research charity dedicated to funding innovative research into ways to slow, stop, reverse and ultimately cure Parkinson’s. I see taking on this challenge and raising a significant amount of money for the Trust, as something positive that I can do for Liz, and others like her, who are living with Parkinson’s. Walking this far is a massive undertaking and I really want to make it count.[/p][p] I am aiming to raise £10,000 for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust. Doing this for my sister means a huge amount to me. Please help by telling people about my fundraising and sharing my page.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

01 Sep 2018


Nov 19, 2018

David and Lucy

Well done Louise to you and Tilly . Good luck with the rest of the walk .

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 16, 2018


I loved walking with you and Tilly and hope we meet again for Part II. Your love and care for the people in your life - not to mention Tilly - are inspiring!


Oct 31, 2018


Just amazing!


Oct 22, 2018

Two pensioners

We meet you on the section between Parr Fowey, we hope you are still going, despite the tendonitis.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 19, 2018


£424.00 plus £106.00 Gift Aid

Oct 18, 2018

Dave Walker

Many thanks for raising the money. You stayed with my sister Tracy in Minehead at the start of your trip

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 15, 2018

Amanda and boys x

Well done Louise for all you have achieved .

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 15, 2018

Jackie and chris

Good luck hope you get better soon and can finish the trec x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2018

Bruce and Sian

Hi Lou and Tilly and support crew. We’re the 2 pensioners you met today, who just walked 400 yards and were worn out. Good on you all for raising money for this worthy cause - hope this little contribution helps!


Oct 4, 2018


Hi Louise My Mum also has Parkinson's and has had it for about 20 years so it is a charity close to my heart. I wish you the best of luck and well done. Cheers Michelle

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid