Early diagnosis saves lives
Phil Godfrey is undertaking the greatest endeavour ever made in support of our charity when he walks 1,400 miles from the Isles of Scilly to the Shetlands Islands in memory of his wife, Christine.
Phil and Christine enjoyed 42 happy years of marriage and spent many holidays walking in the British Isles and Austria. Christine was diagnosed with APS in 2005 and sadly passed away in January 2015.
Phil's remarkable response to this terrible loss has been to help raise awareness of APS and take on this epic journey to raise funds for our charity. Phil hopes to raise £45,000 so, please, if you can help him reach his target visit his Just Giving page.
"After Christine passed away, I felt I should try and help raise the awareness of APS (57% of GPs know nothing of APS), and to raise awareness to allow Kate and her team to achieve this. When she was well, Christine and I completed 15 Long Distance Footpaths, and this gave me the idea to walk from the Scilly Isles to the Shetland Islands in her memory" said Phil.
Starting on 10th March 2017, 67 year old Phil will set off for his five month trek starting at the western side of St Agnes on the Scilly Isles and finally ending at the northern most tip of Unst in the Shetland Isles.
Although Phil is pictured here with his lovely little dog, Naz, he won't be joining Phil on the epic journey as he only has little legs and 1,400 miles would be a paw stride too far. But fear not, Naz will be pampered by his foster family while Phil is away.
Once Phil starts the trek, there will be a blog you can follow here as well as a detailed plotted map so you can see exactly where he is day by day. We aim to raise awareness all along the route and will be appealing for media volunteers in all the places Phil passes through - if you would like to help, please contact us.
A pound a mile would be nice! But seriously, whatever you can donate would be very much appreciated.
You don't have to go to these lengths to support us. Find out easier ways to raise money for APS Support UK.
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