Walk for Water with Charlie Dimmock

Water Aid

Water Aid

The organisers of CoastAlong for WaterAid 2009, which is on Saturday 12 September, are delighted that registrations are already well up on previous years which they feel must be partly due to the fact that more people are choosing to stay in the UK for their holidays this year plus the Met Office forecast for a “warmer than average summer.”

CoastAlong takes place along all 630 miles of the South West Coast Path which runs between Minehead and Poole through Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. Divided into 70 sections of between five and 15 miles in length, each section of the path is graded as easy, moderate, strenuous or severe so that walkers can choose a path that suits their level of fitness.

Vanessa Ashton, WaterAid Regional Development Manager for the south west,  said:

“This is the third Coast Along and I think that word has spread that it is a really great fun event to take part in while raising money for  a truly good cause. Unlike many other fundraising events it is suited to all ages and abilities. There are sections suitable for all levels of fitness including some accessible for wheelchairs and buggies,as well as for those wanting a really hard challenging day of tough walking.”

The aim of CoastAlong 2009 is to have teams of between four and seven people on every one of the 70 sections, and to raise in excess of £70,000 for WaterAid which provides safe water and sanitation to the world’s poorest people.

Water Aid

Water Aid

The celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock has been a staunch supporter of WaterAid for many years. She will be taking part this year and said:

“I cannot think of a more crucial need than water. We take it very much for granted but there are women and children who walk miles every day just to fetch and carry their water, which weighs around 20 kilos – equivalent to our holiday baggage allowance. Imagine carrying that for miles. Our coastline is stunning, come and enjoy it on 12 September and raise money for a great cause at the same time!”

For further information about CoastAlong for WaterAid 2009 click here or telephone 01225 526149.

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