Stephen Cletheroe

Stephen Cletheroe

Walking coast to coast

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Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

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My story

[p]Hello, I am Stephen Cletheroe a 55-year-old non athlete who is aiming to complete my walking journey from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay to symbolise the journey of many people suffering with addiction and the friends and families who end up being drawn in and becoming very heavily involved in their loved ones’ trek through life.[/p][p]As with so many people carrying out charity work or getting involved in challenges, I have a personal interest as my cousin, Danny aged 45, did not get to complete his life journey and succumbed to the pressures and difficulties of his own addiction and passed away too early, on the 18th November 2019. I will be walking in Danny’s memory and hope to raise awareness and some money for Action on Addiction charity who are focused on supporting families who are affected by addiction.[/p][p]My journey will commence on Saturday 17th July at St Bees in Cumbria on the west coast on the beach with a toe-dip in the Irish Sea and with plenty of good luck and a fair wind I hope to dip the same toe in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast eight days later. The 190 - mile Coast to Coast path will see a mileage of just under 24 miles per day, which for me will be a true test. The challenge would not be possible without the wholehearted support of my girlfriend, Adele Dugdale. Adele will be my sole support for the entire journey, with me being completely reliant on her help, which will include ferrying me to the start line each morning and collecting me at the end of the walking day and taking us both back to the evening’s accommodation. [/p][p]After Danny’s passing, his sister, Alison Kerwin published a book within which she opens up about the difficulties and strain of dealing with and supporting someone living with addiction as well as coping with the grief that consumed the family after Danny’s death. The book titled, “The Counsellor” is a really raw and hard-hitting read and I would highly recommend anyone who is affected directly or indirectly by addiction or the grief resulting from addiction to pick up a copy. Each day of my walk, I will be leaving a copy of The Counsellor in a prominent random picturesque spot in the hope that it gets picked up, read, enjoyed, passed on and finds its way to someone who can take some comfort from the book’s content. [/p][p]I am not a complete novice walker and have undertaken some long-distance wanders in the past. I do see walking as my own addiction and feel very lucky that putting one foot in front of the other and then repeating is my fix of choice. Most days I am thinking about my next walk and each one undertaken could have been further but try and take it away and the anxious feelings and irritable behaviour consumes me. People with addictive personalities have no control of the subject they are drawn to and can endure constant battles to exert some control over their behaviour. Addiction does not just affect the sufferers but spreads further afield to encompass the sufferer’s family and loved ones. [/p][p]I hope my endeavours go some way to raising awareness and some much-needed funds to help the running of the Action on Addiction charity in their valuable work. I hope you enjoy following my trip across the country and good speed and fair wind to you all in your life’s journey.[/p][p]* * * * *[/p][p][url=https://www.facebook.com/stepheniswalking]Follow my journey on Facebook[/url][/p][p][br][/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

17 Jul 2021

Supporters


Aug 3, 2021

Sarah Jordan Jaxon

You did amazing! Well done Ste!!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Aug 1, 2021

Anonymous

For a cheque recieved and on behalf of Charlie and Brenda of Norfolk. Many thanks xx

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Jul 29, 2021

Dorothy and Frank

Well done Stephen and congratulations on your engagement Love Dorothy and Frank xx

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jul 28, 2021

Mike Walker

Great achievement for a worthwhile cause. Well done!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Jul 27, 2021

Nicky Jervis

Well done Stephen and Adele. I was humbled by your journey and the reason behind it.

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jul 27, 2021

Anonymous


Jul 27, 2021

hazel

Well done.wWish it could be more but---.


Jul 26, 2021

Anonymous


Jul 26, 2021

Celia and Owen Murphy Dublin

Well done Stephen. Preston spirit!!

£20.90


Jul 25, 2021

Auntie Jean

Over the finish line at last!! Very well done Stephen, proud of you!! Lots of love Auntie Jean xxxxx

£10.00

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