A surprising birthday gift

Pete West

How did you choose to spend your birthday last year?  If you had a special birthday would you choose a party, a nice meal out, a holiday or a 100km walk?  We are sure most of us would choose any of the first three options in preference over a 100km walk.  Yet one of our supporters, Pete West has chosen the last option to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Last November, Pete came to our quiz night where Josh invited other people to join him on walking the Cotswold Way Challenge.  This part of the Ultra Challenge Series of events and is a 100km walk from Bath’s Royal Crescent to Dean Close School, Cheltenham.  The walk can be completed in two days or in one continuous walk over the weekend of 30th June– 1st July.  The 30th June is Pete's 60th birthday, although we still can't believe he will be 60!  To celebrate the occasion, he has decided to do something that makes a difference.  Most of us celebrate by having gifts given to us, but Pete wanted to give to others.  At our quiz he heard more about our work amongst young people in Gloucestershire and decided to undertake the walk and aims to raise £1000 in the process.
Pete says "Walking to Dean Close School doesn't sound that impressive, I only live a mile away from the school!  Starting the walk in Bath adds a much more challenging dimension to the walk.  I could not think of a better way to celebrate my 60th birthday, or as I prefer to think of it my 50th +VAT.  Appropriately the walk is just over 60 miles and and as the man who jumped into the cactus bush said, it seemed a good thing to do at the time.  The walk is not flat, I'll be walking along the Cotswold Escarpment, so it will be very challenging.  The first day, my birthday, I will walk with Josh before camping overnight and hopefully getting some sleep.  I will set out on the second day at 6am and aim to arrive at Dean Close in the evening.  I hope that people will be willing to donate to my fundraising page as a way of wishing me happy birthday."
Hats off to Pete.  We think he is amazing and certainly deserves lots of sponsorship.  We would love to see his £1000 target smashed, not only to help our work with young people but also to encourage Pete as he walks.  You may not even know Pete, but if you admire his courage why not visit his fundraising page.

To sponsor Pete click on the link Sponsor Pete