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Wednesday, 23 September 2020


Bereavement charity launches The Big Coastal Challenge

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Bereavement charity Cruse Bereavement Care has launched its latest fundraising initiative, The Big Coastal Challenge, asking the country to run, walk, cycle or swim the length of the UK’s coastline in October – to virtually ‘wrap our arms’ around the UK.

Participants can choose both the distance they want to cover as well as how they want to cover it, and how long they take to do it. They could:

  • Swim ‘around’ St. Mary’s, a little island off the coast of Cornwall – 14 km, that’s 19 laps of a 25 m pool a day throughout October
  • Walk a kilometre a day (with weekends off) to achieve Ballycastle to the Giant’s Causeway – 20.5 km
  • Take on the mammoth task of cycling from Penzance to Bristol – 371 km

The distances covered during October will be combined with the aim of reaching the target of 18,358km.

The coronavirus pandemic has left thousands more people bereaved, and bereavement support is more important now than ever. It’s never been a better time to support a cause like Cruse who provide much-needed support to bereaved people across the country.

The money raised could help Cruse to recruit and train new Bereavement Volunteers, helping them to be there for even more bereaved people at this particularly difficult time.

For more information and to register, visit the Cruse website here: https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/big-coastal-challenge

Jonathan Duke, Head of Community Fundraising and Events at Cruse Bereavement Care said:

“We are really excited to launch our latest fundraising challenge at such a pivotal time for bereavement support services. The coronavirus pandemic has not only left thousands more people bereaved, but it has also made it a particularly difficult time to be grieving, whenever your bereavement occurred. By taking part in The Big Coastal Challenge and raising money for Cruse, participants will be doing their part to support bereaved people across the country.

“Cruse staff are getting involved too! I have decided to try and run a total of 155km in October, that works out to 5km every day. It’s great to be able to do my bit towards the target and help Cruse support more bereaved people at this vital time.”

Cruse Bereavement Care has been providing life-changing support to bereaved people across the UK for over 60 years. The services are provided by a network of 5,000 trained volunteers up and down the UK.

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