2014, Arefco Annual Charity Walk – Action for Children/Riding for the Disabled
Best Foot Forward with Dora the Explorer (by Dee Love, HR Manager).
Friday June 6th dawned sunny. The Arefco Crew heaved a collective sigh of relief. Memories of being soaked to the bone on the walk in October 2013 are still vivid.
Booted and backpacked fifteen people and a dog (Dora’s “Dad” Paul carried her pack) climbed aboard the mini bus and set off for Craster.
It was a perfect day with a blue sky and blue sea that could have been the med. The Northumberland coast has never looked more stunning.
It’s short stroll from Craster to Dunstanburgh, we skirted the ruins of that ancient fortress to head on to Low Newton. There are two good reasons for walking from Dunstanburgh to Low Newton. One is the view of the castle from the Low Newton Side – if you haven’t seen it you need to. Those Normans knew how to pick a spot for a castle. The other is the “The Ship” in Newton. We partook of liquid refreshment there before we pressed on to Beadnell.
On the way we encountered a breeding colony of Little and Arctic Terns nesting on the beach. They flew over our heads to remind us not to disturb them so we gave them a wide berth. Well, one good tern deserves another!
By now the first signs of incipient sunburn were evident (some of us had slathered on the factor 50!) and the odd embryonic blister was making its presence felt. No, Sean, I am not mentioning the chaffing!!
Dora was doing very well despite the fur coat and the little legs. Paul had a good supply of treats and water for our intrepid explorer and she only blotted her copy book once by barking at some sheep.
On to Beadnell and more liquid refreshment dispensed by our Great and Glorious leader to sustain us for the final leg to Seahouses where a well-earned rest and fish and chips awaited us.
Best memories of the day – the views which just got better the further north we went,
sitting in the beer garden in Seahouses with a glass of wine looking out on Bamburgh castle and the Farnes, Sean’s “John Wayne’s Swagger ” and Dora sleeping sitting up in the bus on the way home, exhausted by an another day of exploring.
While we were having a lovely day we never lost sight of the fact that we were doing this walk for Jessica Middleton so that she can continue to go riding at the Pegasus Centre which she loves and so that Monksfield can continue to support the parents of other children, who like Jessica face so many challenges every day. We were honoured to have Jessica’s dad, Kevin, on the walk with us.
There is still some sponsor money to collect but my best guess is that we will have close to £3,000 for our two charities. A big thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause; your generosity is greatly appreciated. Well done team, thank you for giving up your time to do the walk.