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Charlotte’s 870 mile Welsh Coastal Walk Challenge Update

Charlotte Dix began her 870 mile Welsh Coastal challenge in January last year and is now 356 miles off from completing it.

Charlotte took on her 870 mile Welsh coastal challenge in January 2022 to raise vital funds for City Hospice, in memory of her dad who sadly passed away in 2020.

Charlotte, Robert and family

Robert was sadly diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2019. After several months of treatment, Robert was given the all clear, but sadly, later received a terminal diagnosis in May 2020. After a three-week hospital stay, Robert was given the choice to move to a hospice or to be cared for at home – he made the decision to spend his remaining time at home so that he could have his family and dogs at his side for his final months. He received specialist palliative care from a City Hospice nurse before he died just 10 days after returning home.

Charlotte told us 

“Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Wales Coastal Path opening so it felt like a great opportunity to challenge myself, see more of my home country and of course, raise funds for City Hospice.

Hiking into Solva harbour was incredibly beautiful and a sight you would never see without being on foot. My longest hike was Bangor to Llandudno covering almost 30 miles in 9 hours which was a great sense of achievement but completely exhausting.

I’ll be on track to complete my challenge in September 2023. I’ve completed most of my sections closer to my home in Cardiff so now I can focus on hiking further away. My final stretch will be a short one from Penarth Pier to Cardiff Bay where my friends and family will join me.

Undertaking a challenge like this has been hugely beneficial for me and City Hospice. For me, I felt it was important to give back to a charity that provided support to my dad and my family during the most difficult of circumstances.

Hiking has been valuable for my own wellbeing in allowing me time and space to process my grief. Bereavement really is a journey and there have been days that have been especially difficult and overwhelming. However, it motivates me to know that what I’m doing would make my dad proud as well as a personal sense of achievement to help others as well.

Fundraising Coordinator, Katie Vaughan said,

It has been so lovely to watch Charlotte’s challenge and all the amazing places that are right on our doorstep in Wales! We will be joining you in full force of support in September as you complete your last stretch of the challenge. Wishing you all the best Charlotte and thank you so much for your support!

If you’d like to support Charlotte and follow her journey throughout her challenge, make sure you check out her Just Giving page for the latest updates on how she’s getting on.

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