On the 29th July, local fundraiser Robin Silvester is setting off on a 250 mile fundraising walk raising funds for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. This incredible challenge is made up of three long distance walks; The Cumbrian Way, The West Highland Way and The Great Glen, starting in Ulverston in Cumbria and finishing in Inverness. And if this wasn’t enough, the walk will also include climbing Ben Nevis and an overnight summit camp!
Robin, who has already done three long distance walks for the charity and is running the London Marathon for the Hospice next year said: ‘I had a wake-up call last year after a hospital admission, and decided that this was when things were going to change.’
After seeing that the Hospice were looking for people London Marathon runners Robin signed up to take part this year. ‘Unfortunately, due to illness I was unable to take part in the 2017 London Marathon but will be running next year instead. I’d already had so many sponsors and wanted to still do something which is why I decided to do the walk. Everyone says I’m crazy and I don’t know anyone else who’s crazy enough to do it with me!’
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is an independent adult hospice providing free end of life care and support for over 1,200 individuals and their families, carers and loved ones across Birmingham and Sandwell. Emily Boate, Community Fundraiser said “It costs over £8 million per year to run the Hospice services, so having support from Robin and all of our amazing fundraisers makes such a huge difference. We are so grateful to have his support and wish him the best of luck!”
You can sponsor Robin via his JustGiving page by visiting – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robin-silvester1 Or if you’re feeling inspired, visit our website http://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk to find out about future events and activities you can get involved in.