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Clocking up the miles in a hurry for hospice

Two trustees from Longfield Community Hospice are walking the Cotswold Way to raise much-needed funds for patients and families across Gloucestershire.

Alan Simmons (61) and Hugh Gladman (57) are determined to complete the 102 hilly miles from Chipping Campden to Bath in five days, starting on September 16.

The pair are regular walkers but have never tackled such an intense challenge with a target of more than 20 miles each day.

They aim to raise £2,500 for the Minchinhampton-based hospice to continue the free care and support to patients living with life-limiting illnesses, their family members and carers

Mr Simmons said: "Since the outbreak of coronavirus, Longfield has lost a huge amount of income due to shop closures and face-to-face fundraising events and community activity being cancelled.

"Hugh and I thought this was an opportunity to do something worthwhile to raise money for our patients and families at Longfield.

"Hugh suggested the idea of a walking challenge and we decided the Cotswold Way would be perfect as it journeys through many of the areas Longfield serves, as well as passing by some of our charity shops."

You can support the pair by donating at justgiving.com/campaign/longfieldcotswoldway  

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