Our beautiful daughter Dawn
Walking Cape Wrath to Dover
Thu 11 August 16
Our beautiful daughter Dawn died of thrombosis 5 years ago at the age of 37, whilst pregnant. It happened really suddenly with no warning, and Dawn didn't know with her family history and pregnancy she was prone to getting a thrombosis. This was life changing for us, with a premature baby and two very small children left without a mummy, the family was in shock and broken. However after a year, we decided to walk John O’Groats to Lands End, 1100 miles, partly as therapy to help with grief and putting things into perspective and partly to raise funds for Thrombosis UK. We did raise a lot of money, over £6,000, but due to the loss of Dawn being so raw and being on medication I couldn't remember much about it.
So 4 years later, and after much planning and organisation by my husband Martin, we embarked on walking Cape Wrath to Dover, the furthest point North West to the furthest point South East. As far as we know, this hasn't been done before. We walked 1041 miles over 78 days, no days off, and walking an average of 13 miles a day. We walked through this beautiful country, North West Scotland, the Lakes, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Cotswolds, Lambourne Downs, South Downs and bits in between. It was amazing, and the kindness and generosity of others restored our faith again in humanity. A lot of lovely people were very willing to give time and energy to support us. From walking with us, to carrying our rucksack on to the next B & B, to doing the washing, every act of kindness helped us on our way.
Again, we wanted to raise funds for Thrombosis UK as we strongly believe that to prevent tragedies like ours happening, education, promotion and awareness of the signs etc are fundamental to reducing the numbers of people dying of Thrombosis. We are thrilled to have raised a further £2,500 bringing our grand total at this point to over £8,500!
We have a Facebook page where the whole journey can be seen and also a Just Giving page for anyone who would like to donate.