A man from Colchester walked 110 miles across rugged Scottish countryside in a bid to raise over £2,500 to help provide care for children with life-limiting illnesses.
John Tuffen, 72 from Colchester, started his walk across the ‘West Highland Way’ on 18th April at Milngavie, just north of Glasgow.
Over seven days he trekked 110 miles before reaching the finish at Fort William on 25th April.
John was inspired to take part in the challenge after visiting Little Havens Hospice, based in Thundersley which cares for babies, children and teenagers from across Essex, and in support of fundraising by David Lord, Seniors Captain at The Essex Golf and Country Club.
John set himself the ambitious target of raising over £2,500 which he has beaten with a total of £2,919 raised to date.
“What kept me going was the thought of all the amazing support that people who were sponsoring me were giving to Little Havens, and what that means for the children and families the hospice cares for. One of the longest parts was trekking Loch Lomond which took two days to complete the whole length. At the half way point of the walk I had enjoyed excellent weather and admired stunning scenery, although walking through the heat was sometimes hard work. That all changed towards the end when for the last 14 miles I had to walk over the hills, with cold north winds and sleet blowing constantly towards me. It was an emotional finish when Jenny, my wife, met me at the finish and I realised how far I had come.”
Claire Wilson, Community Fundraiser for Little Havens Hospice, said,
“I’d like to congratulate John on his fantastic achievement. Throughout his challenge we were receiving updates from Jenny and everybody here was really rooting for John to keep going and he did just that. We don’t charge a penny for the care provided at Little Havens, and we support families when they need us most. That simply wouldn’t be possible without the kindness and dedication of people like John, The Essex Golf and Country Club and all his other supporters. I’d like to thank everybody involved for their generosity.”
“Without the support of Jenny, my journey would not have been possible. So I’d like to say a huge thank you to her and to everybody who donated and sent me messages of encouragement along the way.”
You can sponsor John’s fundraising efforts on his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/johntuffenlittlehavenhospice
To find out more about challenges you can take on in support of Little Havens Hospice, and for more about the care the hospice provides, please visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/events or call 01702 220350.