Our Long Walkers

We are greatly benefiting from the tough legs of two supporters. In April, our friend and near neighbour Jennie Hewitt took it on herself to walk the length of the Thames, from Gloucester to London. She did this in the middle of a campaign to get herself elected as an Independent councillor. Despite this time off, she was elected and … she did get to London, raising £570 for us. Her motivation, she says, was her desire to do something for her children’s future - and her new grandson Solomon - in the face of the climate crisis.

And now, on Saturday, May 25th, supporter Stephen Kyle sets out on an epic walk all round the border of Herefordshire, some 200 miles, carrying his tent on his back and sleeping in fields and woods. He is fundraising for the Size of Herefordshire and thence for the Forest Peoples Programme. With a target of £2,500, he is on his way ( see http:// justgiving.com/fundraising/stephen-kyle6 ). He has been training for many weeks, testing especially a knee that was operated on last year. It will be an epic… his journey takes him from the Malvern Hills, around the wonderful country near Presteigne, down into Hay on Wye during the Festival, then following Offa’s Dyke into the mountains before dropping down again into the Monnow and Wye valleys and then turning for home and the Malverns.

We will benefit hugely from Jennie and Stephen’s commitment, The money they raise is being match-funded by the Size of Wales and thus comes to some wonderful lumps. If the landowners of Herefordshire so far have been hard to entrance with our message, big-hearted individuals are taking their place.

Jeremy Bugler

Co-ordinator, the Size of Herefordshire