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Giles Harrison - SleepWalk

The Sleep.Walk Challenge

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][i]** Update**[/i][/p][p][i]"Well, that was a nice little walk! ;-)) 225 km / 140 miles in 3 days, with only 2 hours' sleep. "[/i][/p][p][i]Catch up on the story updates on Twitter or Google by searching for [/i][b][i]@SleepWalkGiles[/i][/b][i]. Particular highlights were the stags at dawn, 3am disco dancing, and the sheer level of support - both online and in person. Giles is probably currently sleeping - but we're still open for donations here![/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][i]**Original Page**[/i][/p][p][b]"Sleep.Walk" is a personal endurance challenge: the goal is to see how far I can walk in 72 hours (i.e. 3 days and 3 nights). My target is walking 120+ miles on little or no sleep. [/b][/p][p]The challenge will start on Sunday 24th, and end on Wednesday 27th June 2018, when I will flop gratefully into bed. After postponing the event from last year due to injury, I have been training hard again. (However too much training carries the risk of further injury… eek!) To date, I've done various 24-hour walks and a 36-hour walk - covering 40, 50, 62 and 73 miles (when I got caught in thunderstorms and the old injury flared up, both of which slowed me down!).[/p][p]Each time I've learned more about how my body responds to the endurance. In terms of ‘pit stops’, I plan on taking a 30min meal break every six hours, and anything else (eg 40 winks, or medical attention) will have to balanced against the lost time that I could be walking and gaining extra miles.[/p][p]The walk is based in London's Richmond Park – I’ll be going round (and round and round) for three days, with extra loops out onto Wimbledon Common, or along the Thames Path, or across to Bushy Park and back. It’s an area with some of the best views in London - even at night! ;-))[/p][p][img][/img][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Charities[br][/b][/p][p]I am raising vital funds for three charities (one for each day's walking!): [/p][p][b]The Cure Parkinson's Trust[/b][/p][p]My uncle is currently living with Parkinson's and refusing to let his reduced mobility get him down, coping admirably with what could be a depressing and debilitating illness. Parkinson's can be managed with a variety of therapies, but it is currently incurable - a situation the CPT is determined to change. [/p][p][b]Bowel Cancer UK / Beating Bowel Cancer[/b][/p][p]My father died in late 2014, having suffered significantly (though he never let it show) for many years from his bowel cancer, and I want to help prevent other people going through what he endured. Bowel cancer is the 2nd biggest cancer killer in the UK - although it is treatable and curable. Wider awareness and early diagnosis is the key.[/p][p][b]RNLI Lifeboats[/b][/p][p]The RNLI have lifeboats covering the River Thames through London, providing a life-saving service to the hundreds of people each year who end up in trouble on, or in, the river. I'm a crew-member at Tower, in central London, which is crewed 24-hours a day with a 90-second launch response time; and my walk will take me past our sister station at Teddington. Some of the London stations are in fact the busiest lifeboat stations in the UK. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]For me, my walk represents the huge challenges some people face in their daily lives and I want to capture that spirit of positivity and endurance that enables them to carry on. Parkinson's, Bowel Cancer and mental illnesses can be cruel and debilitating, but these charities fund crucial research, provide vital support and give hope to thousands - like my uncle - for a better life.[/i][/b][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]...Donations...[/b][/p][p]No matter how big or small, everyone's contribution is very much appreciated and will help life-saving work. ([i]For example,[/i] [i]£5 could provide a newly-diagnosed patient with a crucial information pack; £50 could fund an online patient forum for a day; or £1 per mile could buy a set of thermals for a lifeboat crew member.) [/i][/p][p]This page is about showing support and how much we can achieve together, rather than particular donations. So, I would be grateful if you [u]Untick[/u] the box that says "Show my donation on Giles' page". That way, everyone can contribute whatever they feel comfortable with. Thank you.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][i]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation, quickly processing donations and passing them to the charities I'm supporting, and will claim gift aid on any applicable donations. [/i][/p][p]extra photos Credits: @MarkAshleyG, Richard Fisher & UlyssesThirtyOne – all from [url=https://www.flickr.com/]Flickr[/url].[/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

24 Jun 2018


Bowel Cancer UK

Bowel Cancer UK



The Cure Parkinson's Trust

The Cure Parkinson's Trust





Sarah Hildrew

You are inspirational! Much love Sxx


Lynn and David Wathes

Good on you Giles

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Charles and Judy

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


elaine SBSC

well done Giles, am truly inspired!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid





Giles, that is genuinely impressive!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid



Well done



John Thompson-Hall

Giles tremendous effort, well done.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Jill T

Bravo Giles. Good karma always comes back. Brilliant footslog on so little sleep. Tell me about next brainwave over a drink as I am in UK on and off until Sept.