The Cotswold Plod, raising funds for Action Medical Research.
Teams of tenacious walkers are being sought to take part in an overnight endurance challenge taking place this summer. The Cotswold PLOD on 7 June 2013 will raise vital funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
The Cotswold PLOD is a tough all-night trek, setting out from Dursley, Gloucestershire. Teams will need to walk through the night, navigating a 40 mile route through tough terrain along the Cotswold Way using head torches. As day breaks they will be rewarded with breathtaking views and stunning scenery.
As well as testing stamina, participants will also need to use teamwork, strategy and intelligence to gain bonus points for completing additional challenges along the way. The PLOD route follows the beautiful Cotswold Way. With breathtaking views across the Severn Vale passing through Coaley Peak, Painswick, Coopers Hill and on to the highest point Cleeve Cloud.
Teams participating in the Cotswold PLOD will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around Downs syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
One of the projects currently being supported by the charity is a pioneering initiative in Bristol aimed at helping surgeons operating on babies. The project is looking at brain mapping for babies who need surgery for the removal of a brain tumour. Around one in four children who undergo surgery to remove a tumour from the back of the brain – the cerebellum – develop a side effect called cerebellar mutism syndrome which causes them to lose the ability to speak and have difficulty moving. But the brain mapping project aims to help surgeons avoid the areas of the brain which affect language and movement.
To take part in the Cotswold PLOD you’ll need a team of four walkers and a support driver (plus vehicle). Places are limited so make sure you register soon. For more information and to register, visit the website plod.org.uk/cotswold.