The Charity of the Yorkshire Heart Centre
Joanne Chapman
A Walk! (Done - see end of article) Having climbed Kili and trekked to Everest Base Camp I thought my next challenge should be a little closer to home and have decided to walk....yes WALK.... from Lands End to John O'Groats with a few foolhardy friends. We rather appropriately leave on April Fools day 2017 and will take approximately 3 months to walk over 1,300 miles, following as best as possible the recognised long distance footpaths. We will be making use of the YHA's, B&B's and any friends’ floor that we happen to pass en route. I am fund raising for two charities, both close to my heart: Take Heart: A small charity with a massive heart, based at Leeds General Infirmary. I have a personal reason for supporting this particular charity as my Dad had a triple heart by-pass operation at LGI a few years ago and the charity supported my Mum through this very difficult time, both emotionally and practically. They do fabulous work at the hospital both for the patients and the staff. The charity is run by volunteers and only a tiny percentage is spent on admin with the vast majority of the fund raising going towards better facilities, new equipment, free TV and phone calls for the in-patients and even a roof garden. Classrooms in the Clouds: I have supported CitC ever since meeting and trekking with Dawa Geljen Sherpa in Nepal. I have seen at first hand the fabulous work that the charity does in building schools in remote mountain regions and providing the teachers for the children, many of whom would remain uneducated if it were not for this charity. The devastating earthquakes in 2015 reduced many of the schools to rubble and a huge programme of rebuilding is on-going, supported by Classrooms in the Clouds. Your donations to either of these charities will have a huge and immediate effect on the work that they do so please dig deep and support me in my latest and longest trekking venture. Thank you - Joanne xx What a wonderful project Joanne. I see from Virgin Giving that you are well on your way to your Take Heart target of £1500.00 before you have even started. Thank you so much. We really appreciate it. E-Mail 30 June: 1,235 miles - 90 days - £3,200 between 2 charities - 5 pairs of boots - 2 aching feet - 0 blisters WE'VE FINISHED!! LEJOG End to End officially ended at 4pm on Thursday 29th June 2017 when we rounded Duncansby Head (the most north easterly point in the British Isles) and walked to the signpost at John O'Groats. Huge thanks for all your support. Jo xx
What a tremendous effort Joanne and all your friends. We are seriously impressed! Thank you so much - it is much appreciated. Bill Stevenson - Trustee - Manager, IT