A 5,500 mile coastal walk raises money to transform lives – Ian Chatfield’s fundraising story

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Ian Chatfield is in the middle of taking on an incredible challenge – he is walking approximately 5,500 miles along the coast of England and Wales.

Ian Chatfield is in the middle of taking on an incredible challenge – he is walking approximately 5,500 miles along the coast of England and Wales.

Fundraising in aid of Canine Partners after fostering assistance dogs for approximately four years, Ian is taking on the challenge once a month and walking in 40-50 mile sections for three days at a time.

“I have only recently become aware of just how much it requires to keep the organisation going,” said Ian.
“My challenge will allow me to raise awareness of the work of Canine Partners which might in itself lead to more awareness, financial contributions, puppy parents and fosterers.”

When Ian gave up work four years ago, he wanted to set himself mental and physical challenges. Before taking on his current challenge, Ian travelled from Land’s End to John O’Groats using only local buses and ferries around the circumference of Great Britain.

With no training plan and plenty of plasters for sore feet, Ian plans to walk as long as his feet will carry him. His fundraising was spurred on by people along the way asking if Ian was getting sponsored for a charity, which then inspired him to sponsor himself in aid of Canine Partners.

“I won’t stop when I get to Hadrian’s Wall I’ll keep going,” says Ian.
“But it’s a very long way around the coast of Scotland and it’s challenging!”

For others wanting to take on a physical challenge, Ian says it’s best to start with a target in mind.

“Start within your capabilities,” said Ian.
“Then let the challenge grow as you become more confident.”

Ian has pledged to donate 10p per mile he walks, with the next stage in April starting in Cockerham, Lancaster and finishing in Arnside, Cumbria. In the future Ian would like to challenge himself to walk the London tube lines on the surface, which is approximately 250 miles.

Looking to take on your own challenge to raise vital funds?

Click here to find out how you can take on a challenge for Canine Partners.

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