7 May 2010
At the age of 62, Local Nantwich businessman and Winterley resident, Geoff Bonnett, has confessed that he has lost his marbles! He has decided to walk the entire 630 mile length of the South West Coastal Path having just sleep breaks and maybe the odd day to recover from any foot sores. His target is to complete the trek in a little over six weeks.
Most walkers tend to complete the hike in sections oftenspread over a number of visits each year. The South West Coastal Path Guidestates that a minimum of eight weeks should be allowed so therefore this represents a testing challenge - but Geoff has a real burning desire and in centive to stick to the task - fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Like most of us Geoff has unfortunately been directly affected by cancer. Geoff lost his Granddad and Aunt many years ago when they were both in their early 60's and in 2002 Geoff also lost his sister, Jean, the day after her 60th birthday.
More recently in August 2008 his regular walking partner, Malcolm Whales, also died from cancer at the tender age of 55. Whilst Malcolm had clearly been suffering from the illness for some considerable time he was actually only diagnosed 19 days before he died.
Geoff, now semi-retired, decided that it was time to dedicate some of his time to raisefunds for Macmillan Cancer Support not just to recognise the commitment and dedication of all concerned with thecharity but also as a way of personal thanks.
Geoff hasset himself a stiff fund raising target - the aim is £10,000! He has a numberof Macmillan collection boxes located in various retail outlets, pubs, clubs and fitness centres in and around Nantwich and Crewe and even at his own dentists and sports physio in Sandbach as well as the Sandbach Girls School.
These are accompanied by his own laminate that outlines his walk. He has also decked his van to some prominence as seen on our photograph. This is in order to help raise local awareness of his efforts both on his home territory and inthe South West where he intends to organise collection on camp sites and in villages and towns whilst en route.
He needs your help to aid his extremely worthwhile cause. Geoff has asked if you would look out for the collection boxes and give as much or as little as you can. He also has a fundraising page on the justgiving website: www.justgiving.com/geoffs630milecoastalwalk.
You can also donate by cheque made payable to MacmillanCancer Support and send to Geoff Bonnett, 3a Pepper House, Market Street,Nantwich CW5 5DQ. We offer our sincere thanks and best wishes to Geoff and his efforts and ask that you give as generously as possible.