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Phil Coley

Walking 300 miles in 10 days sleeping rough

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My story

[p]In June 2017, my wife Kirsti, was diagnosed with stage 2 skin cancer - diagnosed and initially treated at Gloucester Royal Hospital - where the cancer nurses are funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. Kirsti continues her treatment at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, on the very edge of the southern boundary of the county. [/p][p]On September 30th, I am going to set off on a walk of over 300 miles from Gloucester Royal Hospital, walking the boundary of Gloucestershire - including South Gloucestershire, sleeping rough along the way and ending the walk at Kingsholm, home of Gloucester Rugby Club, a full ten days later. This coincides with the start of the #BigSleepOut on October 10th, which is also ‘World Homeless Day’.[/p][p]The charity challenge will be to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and for Gloucestershire-based, CCP, who I support as a company.[/p][p]Macmillan Cancer Support knows how cancer can affect everyone – patients and loved-ones alike; be it health, relationships, work, or everyday life. They are there for you every step of the way; during treatment, to help you cope with work and money worries, and they will always listen if you need to talk. #LifeWithCancer[/p][p]In 2018 Macmillan Cancer Support will be funding an ‘Information Pod’ in the Atrium of Gloucester Royal Hospital, providing local support and free advice for patients and their families. The initial cost for setting up the Pod will be almost £20,000. In addition, they are funding an Information Manager for three years requiring a combined total investment of nearly £180,000. Half of the monies raised through #ChallengingBoundaries will go towards the running of the Information Pod.[/p][p]Local Gloucestershire charity, CCP, believes that a successful family life is the foundation on which strong communities are made. A safe and stable home is the foundation that enables a family to be successful. However, too many families are in temporary and unstable housing and, therefore, too many children are being negatively impacted by their accommodation circumstances.[/p][p]In the UK “the spike in homelessness and rough sleeping throughout this decade is a source of deep disquiet and concern. In 2015/16 local authorities reported responding to the threat of, or actual, homelessness for 327,390 households, up from 254,320 in 2009/10 (Source: Information from Public Policy Exchange). Similarly, rough sleeping has increased by 102% over the same period. Latest figures suggest these rises show no sign of abating; 4134 people were documented sleeping rough in Autumn 2016, rising 16% in 12 months.[/p][p]I really wanted to do something to support my wife; we have been through so much and, as much as you try to support your partner, you still are left with the feeling of ‘What else can I do to help?’. As a company, iPlus Marketing support CCP and Kirsti very much wanted Macmillan Cancer Support to benefit from this challenge too. It was then that I decided to split any monies raised between these two equally deserving charities.[/p][p]The aim of this challenge is to raise awareness of cancer and the great work that Macmillan Cancer Support does in providing care and support for cancer patients, along with supporting CCP in their quest of raising awareness of homelessness with young adults. The walk will hopefully help raise awareness of how everyone can push the boundaries for searching for cures - or solutions - to challenges they face.[/p][p]I am doing this for Kirsti. We were married two years ago and, prior to that, it had been a tough few years for many reasons. Kirsti was my rock throughout and this is my chance to give something back in a manner we both see fit. We are not out of the woods on the cancer yet – it’s a long process with more surgery and treatment still to come, but it’s not stopping either of us![/p][p]Thank you for supporting this Challenge, any amount large or small will act as a great motivator and will go towards two great causes.[/p][p]Please follow the challenge on Twitter @ipluschallenge [/p]
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Oct 16, 2018


Good to meet you Phil. Hope to host you back at Bowmoor soon.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 13, 2018

Fiona and Jon

Congratulations so proud of you

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Oct 12, 2018

Alan I

Well done mate! Amazing work and I'm really impressed of what you have achieved for such a good set of causes! Your a legend! )


Oct 12, 2018


well done Mr C !!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 11, 2018

mark cliffe

Amazing achievement Phil, well done for pushing through the pain barrier !!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 11, 2018

Day 12 in advance YKW

All done

£68.50 plus £17.13 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2018


Very impressive Phil. Hope you enjoy the final sprint!

£500.00 plus £125.00 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2018


Oct 10, 2018

Leanda Bickley

Keep going, you are nearly there. Great to see you today

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2018

You know who Day 11

A guess for today and yesterday's 1.50 WELL DONE!

£31.50 plus £7.88 Gift Aid