I thought it was about time I added a further update about my charity walk and whats been happening.
The support has been incredible with the generosity and warmth towards the whole idea really humbling. I wanted to say a thanks and tell you a little about the charities and those who have gone above and beyond so far to support me.
The three charities I’ll be supporting are…
We all know the RNLI and the incredible work they do not only protecting the vast amount of coastal traffic and going out whatever conditions to save lives but also protecting us while we enjoy the beach and its waters across the country. I’m a keen Bodyboarder and the RNLI guards are who’ll i’ll be relying on should I come into difficulty while Surfing.
Its easy to take for granted that this ‘Emergency Service’ is wholly charity funded.
I’ll be walking past several lifeboat stations as I trek along the coastline it just made perfect sense they should be an organisation I wanted to support.
You can read more about the work the RNLI do hear: https://rnli.org/what-we-do
I’d had some contact with this wonderful charity when there was a close family bereavement connected to my step sons. They were amazing in how they helped them deal with something we as adults find hard enough to deal with.
I’ll let them tell you about themselves, they do it far better than I ever could take a look at what they do here: http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk
Change of scene for children.
I met Pauline who tirelessly runs change of scene at a small North Norfolk Festival she puts on to help raise funds last year. Seeing what she does and how passionate she clearly is about her charity the kids and the animals I wanted to make a contribution.
You can see what Pauline does in depth here: http://cosforanimalsandchildren.vpweb.co.uk
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog I’ve also been blown away by the support I’ve received not only in the money already raised but other support in the huge task of organising and logistics of the walk.
I want to say a huge thank you and let you know a little about the people who’ve got involved so far…
Margins and Glamping Holidays.
I was contacted by Gin and Mark who run Margins with an enthusiastic offer of help after a friend of theirs heard me on the Radio talking about my plan to do the walk. Its a new venture for them and after a chat and meet up it was clear we shared the same sense of adventure and I was really pleased they ‘got’ what I’m trying to achieve with this walk.
They instantly offered to support my North Norfolk stretch of the tour by kindly providing me with accommodation along the way. Not only this but sorting the sites I’ll be stopping at and their continued advice and help is amazing. thanks guys!
Find out more about Margins and maybe challenge yourself to taking on the beautiful North Norfolk Coastal path yourself. You’ll be in great hands with these folks.
Head here to see what they’re all about. http://walkandglamp.co.uk
Deepdale Backpackers & Camping.
I also wanted to give a mention to Deepdale Camping & Backpackers in North Norfolk village Burnham Deepdale.
Chris Haycock in particular is someone I’ve know for many years now, when we met through (as so often is the case with me) through music. His passion for music is clear to anyone who meets him. He always gave my music huge support booking many time for the well know Clippesby Music Festivals and Beer Festivals. Thanks Chris!
Jason and Chris run this amazing forward thinking and positive campsite and walkers hostel. What makes them a little different? Jason and Chris run some amazing events at the site and one thing they’re really keen on is live music and supporting the wealth of East Anglian homegrown original music we have to offer.
Actually I’ll be playing at The Deepdale Hygge on March 25th the weekend event/festival running the weekend of the24th/25th Find out who’s playing the Hygge and what else is on offer here:
I’m hoping when I pass by and stop at Deepdale I’ll be playing a set there too.
As you can imagine sorting out the logistics and the route for this endeavour has been an adventure for me having never tried to do anything quite like this!
Many an email was sent out asking for help. Cicerone Press publish many detailed walking guides so I thought it would be a good plan to contact them. They kindly donated the guide books for both the Norfolk and Suffolk coastal paths.
This made life significantly easier and I really must say thanks to Hannah for this kind donation.
Take a look here: http://www.cicerone.co.uk
In the meantime I’ve been stepping out and getting the miles in. This week my favourite was a seven mile circular walk that took in the Ted Ellis Nature reserve and a section of The Wherrymans Way and River Yare on the edges of the Norfolk Broads. It was an overcast day but nonetheless a beautiful place to walk. The map for this walk can be found here.
Try the walk yourself if you fancy it there’s shorter walks too in the area all the information is here.
Over and out for now. Matt
Don’t forget you can sponsor Matt here at Just Giving.