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Mark Tonks

The Long Walk Home May 6th 2018

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My story

[p]We've done it, but ony just!! Blistering heat saw to it that the walk very quickly became a game of survival and damage limitation. We did lose a few along the route to heatstroke and injury (not permanently I hasten to add) and those left standing were in quiet a state to say the least with blisters, sunburn, dehydration, sickness. At 7.30 pm after 13 hours of non stop walking we called a close to the event with the walkers welfare the prime concern. All the walkers having reached Fradley, some the centre of Lichfield and a handful a little further, had covered a distance of between 37 and 41 miles, in itself no mean feat, no pun intended. Amazingly 3 of the crew, Phil Durose, Adam Gittens and Paul Raworth staggered into the Crown at around 9.30 after walking for 15 hours!! Absolutely heroic.[/p][p]I am so immensley proud of what these people have done to help raise funds for and the profile of our 2 amazing charities so please consider giving a little to help improve the lives of those far less fortunate than ourselves[/p][p]Yours positively[/p][p]Mark Tonks [/p][p]The Long Walk Home is a simple walk from the Stoke Royal University Hospital to my local pub,The Crown in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield. It's simple but far from easy! Total distance 40 miles, total journey time 12-15 hours depending on how many steps you take and how big your stride is. At around 6.00am on May 6th 54 people, the now famous Orange (and blue) Hoody Crew, will set off on this epic journey. They are Adam Gittens, Adam Mitchell, Adam Ward,Andy Robinson, Becky Scrivener, Chris Coley, Chris Kidd, Chris Squire, Chris Williams, Connie Rawlins, Corinne O'Donnell, David Jones, Elaine Holmes, Emily Stokes,Graham Perry, Jo Benson, Katherine Archer, Liam Owen, Luke Gittens, Malcolm Gibbs, Marc Harries, Mark Edwards, Mark Petty, Martin Callaghan, Martin Ward, Michelle Emery, Nick Murch, Pat Cannon, Paul Raworth, Peter Howard, Phil Hayes, Phil Durose, Pino Polito, Richard Davies, Richard Davis, Elisha Davis, Robbie Russell, Sam Gale, Sam Goss, Sharon Luke, Simon Smith, Simon Walton, Steve Tamplin, Vanessa Coley, Yaz Benson and yours truly. We will be supported on the day by Nicky, Mark, the two Simons and Zita with back up transport, first aid and general encouragement!! We are doing it to raise money for 2 fantastic charities who do outstanding work for those far more needy than us. The Buddy Bag Foundation and Footsteps Counselling & Support.[/p][p]Why are we doing it? 3 years ago I suffered a heart attack and underwent a triple heart bypass. I survived and felt I needed to give back in some way. This seemed like a good idea at the time!![/p][p]Please help us achieve our target of £20,000[/p][p]Thank you all in anticipation[/p][p]Mark Tonks and the Orange (and blue) Hoody Crew 2018 [/p]
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Jun 18, 2018


Well done everyone, you should all be very proud of what you achieved and the money you raised

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 16, 2018


great work everyone an here's something extra jo

£60.00 plus £15.00 Gift Aid

Jun 3, 2018

Michelle Davies-Rounds

We'll done Mark xx


Jun 2, 2018


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 2, 2018

Amy Bird

Fantastic effort from all of you, and well done Mark on leading the way!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 31, 2018

Sheila McMahon

Well done Mark and Malcolm for doing this fantastic event


May 30, 2018


Well done to you all Love Susan and Tony Durose, and Ann Windsor

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 30, 2018

David kelly

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 30, 2018


More money collected from friends who don't use the internet.

£160.00 plus £40.00 Gift Aid

May 30, 2018


From all in Cardiothoracic Theatres at New Cross Hospital

£267.50 plus £0.00 Gift Aid