Enabler treks the Pennine Way to support WESC!
WESC Enabler, Antony (Ant) Clark, is celebrating finishing his incredible challenge walking the entire Pennine Way, a massive 268 miles, and raising over £560 for WESC Foundation.
Ant tells us about the highs and lows of his trek including his victory dance as he made it to the finish!
“If you’d ask me to do it again I’d say no….but that doesn’t take away from the elation I feel having succeeded on my arduous 17-day challenge.
“The first three days in the Peak District were tough as I was getting into the swing of walking 7 or 8 hours a day, camping in the wilderness and living off protein bars. Once my body got used to walking that distance everyday it became more manageable.
“By day five every muscle started to ache. The windy weather and boggy marsh underfoot made it harder to walk but I was still in high spirits. I started to get used to the peace and quiet of the moors and found it quite relaxing. Due to the silence I found all my senses were heightened and I got a glimpse of what it must be like for our students at WESC some of whom are very sensitive to sensory information.
“Occasionally we would come across a pub and we would have a proper meal, or a shop where we would stock up on energy bars – those were very exciting days!
“The hardest day was when we hit Hadrian’s Wall as this was quite hilly and carrying a 50kg bag up and down lots of hills is no easy task, but when we completed the wall it was real sense of achievement when we got over the other side to Bellingham.
“When we reached the finish at Kirk Yetholm I was so happy I did a victory dance even though my legs were aching so much. I had an immense sense of relief and excitement and I just couldn’t believe that I had made it!
“Thank you to everyone who sponsored me – it’s amazing to have raised over £560 to help update the sensory room at WESC Foundation. If you haven’t sponsored me yet but would like to there’s still time. Please see the link to my Virgin Money Giving page below.”
Well done Antony! Everyone at WESC Foundation is extremely proud of you for completing the challenge to help raise money for our visually impaired young people.
So, what’s your next Challenge Ant?