A Staffordshire businessman is walking the equivalent of three marathons in one weekend along the windswept Cornish Coast to raise money for local care leavers.
Rob Fisher, Managing Director of Newcastle-based business consultancy Strategi Solutions, will take on the super-tough Atlantic Coast Challenge on the weekend of October 8 – 10, 2021.
The route starts near Padstow and finishes at Lands’ End in Cornwall, with entrants running or walking up to 78.6 miles across some of the wildest coastlines in Britain.
Rob is undertaking the challenge for newly formed Symmetrical charity which was set up during lockdown. Led by Lillian Dodd, Joanne Powell-Beckett and Tina Holdcroft, the charity supports young people aged between 16 and up to 25 leaving the care system in Stoke-on-Trent.
The charity, whose strapline is “Stepping stones to independence”, was chosen as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to giving back to the local community.
By taking on such an extreme challenge, Rob is aiming to raise more than £500 to help Symmetrical support more young care leavers locally with events, activities and mentoring.
Rob said, “A friend of mine called me to say that he wanted to do the Atlantic Coast Challenge which is a 79 mile walk from Padstow to Lands’ End over three days. After politely refusing at first, he convinced me to do it!
“With the gyms closed last year I really enjoyed my daily one-hour walks, and I noticed the positive effect it had on both my mental health and my sleeping.
“Preparing myself physically for the challenge has been difficult and time-consuming, especially as I’ve recently moved house over the summer which has affected my training. However, last week I walked 35 miles, so I’m gradually building up my distance.”
He added, “I’m hoping that I can raise a good amount of money for Symmetrical, who do such important work to support local care leavers get the best possible opportunities in life.”
Anyone who would like to support Rob’s fundraising can visit here to donate.