Wokingham resident, Stan Hetherington, is planning to walk Hadrian’s Wall next month to raise funds for Headway Thames Valley.

Stan Hetherington

The walk covers 85 miles in total and will take five days to complete. Hadrian’s Wall is the longest structure the Romans built and the walk became the 15th National Trail in 2003. It runs from the east coast of Northumberland to the west coast of Cumbria.

Stan and two friends, Julie Harris and Freddie Coupe, will travel to Newcastle and start their walk from Wallsend on May 18th, trekking between 12 and 19 miles each day, finishing at Bowness-on-Solway on May 22nd.

Stan tells us he has chosen to support Headway Thames Valley as his daughter fell and suffered a brain injury three years ago whilst out running and the charity has provided immensely valuable help in her ongoing recovery.

“I was first fascinated by Hadrian’s wall when we studied it at school over 50 years ago. As a kid I wanted to walk it and I am finally going to not only get the chance to deliver my dream but also help the charity who were so important in Faye’s recovery”

Zoe Lane, Fundraising Manager at Headway Thames Valley said, “We would like to thank Stan for his amazing fundraising efforts and wish him all the best for his Hadrian’s Wall Challenge. Brain injuries do not discriminate – they strike people of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of situations and can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling.

“The funds raised will help the charity to provide more brain injury survivors like Stan’s daughter and their families with the crucial support they need as part of their rehabilitation and recovery.”

In the past Stan has taken part in numerous charity fundraising events including cycle rides to Paris and Amsterdam, climbing 10 peaks in one day in the Lake District and climbing Kilimanjaro twice (once with his daughter). He has always wanted to add the Hadrian’s Wall walk to his list of achievements and is looking forward to the challenge.

 

For anyone who would like to make a donation to Stan’s fundraising page please click here.

Stan is blogging about his efforts and you can follow him on his trek here.