ON a beautiful summer day 28 volunteers set off from Padstow’s bandstand heading for Stepper Point and then on to Trevone on a sponsored walk raising funds for the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends.
The group’s leader, Vic Luke, knows how to pick his day: light breeze, low tide, bright sunshine allowing for fantastic visibility up the Camel estuary across to Rock, Daymer and Polzeath beaches and out to sea beyond Pentire to Newlands, surrounded by calm and brilliant azure blue seas. The golden sands of this spectacular estuary only breaking the gentle waves at the deceptive and ominous Doom Bar, reminding the walkers of the pint of amber liquid reward at the end of their endurance!
On the route the group got many words of encouragement from locals and holiday makers alike, including a very generous donation from owner and captain of the Jubilee Queen, Nick Chapman.
The walkers all completed the walk safely at very different times depending on their age, fitness and how long they stopped for a Cornish tea break at Hawker’s Cove! All thoroughly enjoyed themselves, raising nearly £500 for the League’s funds to provide services and equipment not provided by the NHS for the staff and patients of the community hospital.
In the six months of 2017 BHLF have already granted more than £35,000 for many items as diverse as specialist beds and wheelchairs to a series of drumming sessions for one of the psychiatric wards, thanks to the efforts of people like Vic Luke and his walkers and the generosity of the public.