Friday, 27 May 2016

VIC'S BIG CRAWL for Pancreatic Cancer UK


I am rapidly approaching (July) my 76th birthday. I am visually impaired. In the past two months I have been prevented from walking by a) a back injury, b) a foot injury caused by my partial sight, c) another back injury, and d) a viral lung infection resulting in my GP imposing a total ban on exercise.

The ban expires on Tuesday 31st May. The very next day, June 1st, my wife Gay and I set out to do Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk, which, as you may know traverses the Lake District, The Pennines and the North Yorkshire Moors on its way from the Atlantic to the North Sea. This will be part of my current fundraising and awareness raising effort for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
As you can see, I have not had the ideal preparation for this upcoming task. I thought my biggest problem was going to be the eyesight, and had prepared the title “Vic’s Big Stumble”. Now this could become “Vic’s Big Crawl”. It may be my swansong in the athletic arm of my fundraising, although the writing and speaking will hopefully continue.

I am an experienced walker but this will now be very hard. If you have had pancreatic cancer in your family or circle you will know why I am proceeding. This is not something you want in your family.

We must find a cure for the scourge that is pancreatic cancer. If I, at my age and with the difficulties listed above, can put myself through this supreme effort, can I ask you to support me by making a donation, large or small, to Pancreatic Cancer UK on my JustGiving page? If so, I thank you. If not, I hope to see you at one of my speaking events soon.