Over the Whitsun half term from Sunday 25 to Friday 30 May Dr John Mervyn-Smith will be walking the entire length of the Ridgeway path to raise money for the SMASH Youth Project.
John will be accompanied along the way by young people and mentors from the project who will also be collecting sponsorship money.
The path starts at Ivanhoe Beacon and continues for almost 100 miles across historic down-land to end at the West Kennett Long Barrow.
As well as raising funds for SMASH, John and the young people hope to publicise the much bigger event planned for September, when SMASH will be inviting hundreds of people of all ages to run, ride, hop, three legged race or otherwise traverse “by any means” a 15 mile course starting and ending at Barbury Castle in an attempt to raise a further £20,000.
Rob Chappell (Managing Director of SMASH) says: “To walk the entire ridgeway in just 5 days is a pretty big ask and some of the days are going to be pretty arduous, but most of our young people have dealt with much tougher things in their lives and always seem to come up smiling. I will be joining them for the last day so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Lucy (SMASH Young Person) says: “I didn’t think I’d make it all the way to the top of Snowdon but I did, so I think I can do this too now. I hope I’m right.
We’ve already raised a thousand pounds so I’m beginning to think I can do pretty much anything I put my mind to these days.”
To find out more, contact: Dr John Mervyn-Smith, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07802 751750
or Rob Chappell, email: email@example.com, tel: 01793 729748.