Tony Gill

Tony Gill

Walking 192 miles along canal in 7 days


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b][u]Charity canal walk Lancaster to Coventry Saturday May 29[/u][/b][b][u]th[/u][/b][b][u] to Friday 4[/u][/b][b][u]th[/u][/b][b][u] June[/u][/b][/p][p]It’s been over 12 months since we entered lockdown and it’s been a very difficult time for many, especially those with mental health conditions and life debilitating illness such as MND and those that require Palliative/Hospice care. On my birthday last year, I sat on my bike and cycled 100 mile, to help others. This year I intend to raise awareness and funds again for three charities, and the intention is to walk along the canal from Lancaster to Coventry in 7 days a total of 192 miles at an average of 27 miles or just over a marathon a day.[/p][p]We start at Lancaster on Saturday 29th May walk down the Lancaster canal through Garstang, Bilsborrow, Catforth and stop at Ingol for a well earned rest.[/p][p] We set off and Quickly join the Ribble link and head along the Rufford Branch canal before turning onto the Leeds-Liverpool canal towards Wigan turning off onto the Leigh Branch Junction. This then joins the Bridgewater canal where we head towards Worsley, Eccles Stretford and passing through Salford.[/p][p]The next day sees us skirting Manchester, via the Rochdale canal, heading towards Dukinfield and heading off towards Hyde, Stockport and heading towards Marple. Down along the Macclesfield Canal towards Macclesfield and Congleton and turning towards Kidsgrove and the Harecastle tunnel some 2919 yards long. After navigating the alternative to the tunnel its down towards Stoke-on -Trent and the Trent and Mersey canal. [/p][p]Past Stone, Weston, Great Haywood we then head to Rugeley before turning onto the Coventry canal at Fradley Junction for the last stretch. [/p][p]A shortish walk towards Tamworth and a sneaky bend before atherstone, Nuneaton, Marston junction and finishing at Bishop street basin in Covenrtry. [/p][p]192 miles over 7 days, or 7 marathons (plus a mile).[/p][p]As a mental health lecturer at Salford University I thought it was appropriate to help a local charity that provides support and help for a range of mental health conditions. So as part of my fund raising, one of the charities I’d like to help is Start Inspiring Minds,(Website [url=][/url])[/p][p][b][img]//:0" alt="START logo-High Res-Med.jpg" height="73" width="150[/img][/b][/p][p]The ain of Start is ‘Creatively supporting our community to positive mental health’, allied to this is their mission, which is to be an organisation of excellence that is renowned for enabling individuals to develop their aspirations, confidence, self-esteem and skills.[/p][p]Using the arts and horticulture as a vehicle, START will help remove the stigma around mental ill health by fostering a common interest amongst individuals from all walks of life.[/p][p]START provides personalised support and recovery package for people with mental health problems. Our creative approach helps our beneficiaries build confidence, resilience and self esteem. We help reconnect and integrate mental health sufferers with their communities, providing pathways into training, employment, volunteering and leisure pursuits.[/p][p]Our innovative range of services are directed to improving and enhancing the quality of life, health, wellbeing and social integration of target groups within the local community, in particular older people, young people and people who are, or maybe at risk of experiencing mental health difficulties or social exclusion.[/p][p]START runs projects both from our central base and out in the local community, supporting almost 1,000 people every year.[/p][p]START’s ‘Inspiring Minds’ service is for people suffering with mental health conditions ranging from mild /moderate to more severe and enduring problems. This programme consists of weekly studio-based creative workshops and encourages members aged 18 plus to access various learning opportunities and pre employment skills supporting them to recovery which ultimately leads them back into the community.[/p][p]The programme provides a personalised support and recovery package and our creative approach helps our beneficiaries build confidence, resilience and self-esteem. We help reconnect and integrate mental health sufferers with their communities, providing pathways into training, employment, volunteering and leisure pursuits.[/p][p]Participants can access between 6 and 18 months’ worth of support dependent upon individual need and are supported through their recovery journey by a mentor who undertake regular reviews and assessments as well as assist individuals to complete Personal Development Plans to help with future aspirations and planning. [/p][p]The programme runs both from our central base, Brunswick House, a Grade II listed building, and within the local community. [/p][p]Brunswick House boasts ‘state of the art’ multiple fully equipped arts studios, multimedia IT suite, music and recording studio, photography and dark room studios, pottery/ceramic and woodcraft workshops, a therapeutic horticulture studio within the community garden, and an extensive loft gallery/exhibition space. Located in the heart of Salford, close to the Shopping City and Salford University, Brunswick House is accessible to all Salford residents, and regional visitors, being at the centre of all public / transport routes.[/p][p]The Inspiring Minds Programme provides weekly 2 hour creative sessions in a number of mediums. These include Visual Arts, Photography, Horticulture, Woodwork, Ceramics, Willow Weaving, Creative Writing, Textiles, Print Making, Music & Movement, Tai Chi[/p][p]Professional Artists lead each group and participants are encouraged to consider themselves as aspiring artists when they join the organisation rather than mental health service users. This encourages people to look forward to learning new skills and to be proud of achievements. Participants are all referred from either Primary or Secondary Mental Health Services and have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.[/p][p]The intended outcomes of the project include: Increased Confidence & Self Esteem, Reduced isolation & loneliness, Improved Wellbeing & Resilience and Improved Community participation through exit pathways into employment, further education, and volunteering opportunities.[/p][p][/p]


Personal Challenge Date

29 May 2021


Jun 24, 2021



plus £11.25 Gift Aid

Jun 10, 2021


Well done Tony!


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 6, 2021

Jacqui Lovatt

Well done team!!! Superb efforts by all. Very best Jacqui Lovatt

Jun 1, 2021


Hope it's not getting too hot!


May 31, 2021


Keep going Tony!! Such an amazing thing you’re doing 💙💜


May 30, 2021


You're doing brilliantly Tony🙂!!! So proud of you! It's an amazing thing to do. Xx


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 30, 2021



plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 30, 2021


Go Tony! Amazing achievement keep pushing to the end, Brit :)


May 30, 2021


Well done- great cause!


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 30, 2021


Wonderful cause Tony, hope it’s a great experience for all involved x


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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