Fundraiser Rob in appeal for support
Published at 11:34, Thursday, 20 March 2014
A GOSFORTH fundraiser is in desperate need of help as he begins a gruelling 1,000 mile charity walk next week.
By Sarah Robinson
Rob Steele will start the mammoth challenge from his home next Saturday and will end in Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
It marks the 20th anniversary of Rob doing annual long distance walks in aid of cancer research and drug development at the Royal Marsden Hospital, in Sutton.
But he desperately needs volunteers to drive his support vehicle for part of the journey.
The UK leg will take Rob five weeks and will include Ribblehead, Stafford, Frampton-on-Severn near Bristol, Taunton, and ending in Plymouth.
He is looking for drivers to help on the third and fourth weeks: from Stafford to near Bristol between April 12 and 19 and from Bristol to Taunton between April 19 and 26.
The routes are not too far from railway stations, so anyone who would like to help will be able to travel by train to meet them.
Rob is open to any offers of help saying: “If the driver wants to park up and then walk so far back to meet me, or meet me for lunch, or whatever, then I am very happy to be flexible. If the driver wants to bring a friend that is ok. If the driver wants to sleep in the support vehicle then that is also ok.”
The owners of Gosforth Hall Inn have temporarily loaned Rob their courtesy bus, which has been adapted for three beds and cooking facilities.
Bill Lee, secretary of Egremont Rotary Club, is trying to source drivers and support from rotary clubs en-route. TV personality Shane Richie has also shown his support for the cause.
Once Rob gets to Plymouth, he will catch a ferry on May 4 to Santander and will follow the Camino del Norte to Santiago de Compostela.
He says thanks go everyone for their support, including Rod and Barbara for the use of the mini bus, and drivers Ken Trainer, Peter Woolley, Geoff Steele and Andrew Davies.
Anyone wishing to help or donate to cancer research and drug development at The Royal Marsden Hospital, can do so at www.justgiving.com/Rob-Steele1.
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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