Well, the summer holidays are over and my beloved coastal path is emptying of visitors.
Lisa has been involved with a wonderful local charity called ‘Adam’s Bucketful of Hope’ in Haverfordwest. The charity was originally set up by Adam Thomas to promote blood and bone marrow donors for the treatment of blood cancers.
Adam worked tirelessly to raise funds for our local Withybush Hospital Day Unit and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in the Heath in Cardiff. Adam left behind a wonderful legacy that his family and friends continued with.
In 2009, they opened the Cancer Support Venue in Pembrokeshire. The wonderful volunteers who work at the Venue – serving Coffee or selling goods – see themselves not as ‘victims or sufferers’ but as being able to contribute to the fight against cancer. They call themselves ‘The Buckateers’ and frankly they are just amazing people.
The Bucketful of Hope Charity has now secured Foley House in Haverfordwest which is a large run down building in the centre of the town. They are now furiously fundraising so that they can open up various therapy treatment rooms for those living with life limiting conditions such as lymphedema- draining, physiotherapy, counselling, social activities, hair loss advice, audio-ologist, dentist, opthomologist, and so much more.
Sadly, these treatments have been downgraded and removed from our local health board and so it makes the Buckateers all the more valuable to our community.
This is where Bucketman comes in!
I want to help raise some funds for this really genuine local Charity and so I have decided to try and tame the entire St Brides Coast path from Ramsey to Skomer Island (33 miles or so) in one go on the 24th of September. I shall be aiming to achieve this in six hours – aided by the supply of water and cakes from the Bucketful of Hope team!
Thomas and Thomas have decided to contribute £500 to start the ball rolling. I wondered if you might be able to find it within your heart to help me at all? I know that times are hard, but you really could make a genuine impact by helping these fantastic people.
Adam’s Bucketful of Hope use a ‘Go Fund Me’ page which I have inserted here as a link:
Just make sure that you ‘customise’ your ‘Go Fund Me Tip’ to Zero. I am sorry that gift aid can’t be directly claimed on this occasion.
If you prefer to send a Cheque to ‘Adam’s Bucketful of Hope Appeal’ I can always pass these on to Chris and her amazing team.
I will keep you posted on the days gruelling challenge after the event. I am expecting some blisters, cramp and perhaps even some darker moments – but I am determined to try and make a difference.
Huge thanks as ever. Darren (AKA Bucketman!)