A bid to lose weight and raise money for charity led to a Spalding woman planning a long walk home – 184 miles in fact.
The ‘The Severn in 7’ will drop Andrea Cameron (33) at Severn View Services, on the edge of the Severn Bridge, Bristol, to trek across the country home.
Last year Andrea, who works at Finlay Flowers UK Ltd, signed up for two walking events – the Thames Path 50k Challenge and the Steppingly Step, with only the aim of losing weight.
She said: “I literally signed up for any event that I was able to.”
But it turned out she enjoyed the challenges so much she’s pledged to conquer the equivalent of seven marathons over seven days for seven different charities.
She said: “The idea I had came when I was looking at long distance walks. I just wanted to walk across the country.”
After reading about Hobblers Way, which runs coast to coast from the Wash to the River Severn, Andrea has amended her own route, though Cobbler’s way is completed in ten legs while Andrea’s will be triumphed in an ambitious seven.
Setting off on Saturday, May 17, she’ll walk between 25 and 28 miles a day, taking approximately eight to ten hours, and averaging a speed of five miles per hour.
It’s slower than she’s used to, Andrea says, but she needs to pace herself, having never walked for more than three days in row.
Also adding to the challenge is the varied terrain Andrea will face compared to the flat ground she’s used to here at home.
Each day she will represent another charity, from Shelter to Independent Age, Turning Point, the Samaritans, Rainbow Trust, the International Rescue Committee and Habitat For Humanity.
Andrea tried to pick charities where her fundraising would instantly support someone.
She said: “I’d like to raise £7,000, a thousand pounds for each charity.”
Each day she will be accompanied by guest walkers to support her when the going gets tough.
Friends and family have volunteered their legs to join a day of the hike, the youngest being Andrea’s 14-year-old daughter Isabella.
Andrea’s brother is behind her challenge too, literally, in a support vehicle following her on every leg of the trek with first aid and supplies.
Cheers of encouragement will welcome Andrea’s final steps home arriving at Bentleys Bar in Spalding on May 24.
To sponsor Andrea look out for yellow donation boxes in Spalding businesses: Bentleys Bar, Revills Shoes, Daisies Flower Shop and Geoff Neal and Son dry cleaners, or visit: www.severnin7.net