Simon Foxley and friends are taking on an incredible challenge in aid of DAAT next month. He wanted to share his story in his own words:
"Only 30 days until Steve Cotton, Clive Bennett & Simon Foxley attempt the 103 mile Two Moors Way footpath - the oldest regional footpath in Devon - starting at Ivybridge, running across Dartmoor and mid-Devon and, crossing some of the wildest parts of Exmoor, finishing the journey at Lynmouth. Steve is registered blind; all are registered bonkers!
They are completing this walk as 'The Extraordinary Pilgrimage of the Yarde Downers'. A pilgrimage to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance Trust and a means of saying thank you to the crew and people involved in the life saving airlift of our friend, James Alexander, following a serious accident in Devon. There is no doubt that the efforts of Devon Air Ambulance airlifting him to Salisbury Hospital saved his life and helped him recover from his spinal injuries. Injuries that left James permanently in a wheelchair due to the spinal damage he sustained in that horrific accident. For those who know James, he is a remarkable person with a remarkable sense of life and a remarkable sense of humour. He is a true inspiration to us all and we have to constantly remind ourselves he is in a wheelchair. He will do anything!
It is a remarkable story of courage and dedication and we want to say thank you for the efforts of all involved in moving and treating James. Without DAAT's help, we would not have James in our lives today.
It is with this in mind that we are making this 'pilgrimage' to say thank you and raise funds. We are attempting to complete this 103 mile route in 5 days, carrying our equipment and camping along the way. James will also be joining us each day to push himself along sections that will allow.
The Dartmoor section of the route winds across the wilderness of southern Dartmoor, from Ivybridge to Holne, before following the spectacular and beautiful Dr Blackall's Drive and the great ridgeback of Hameldon. Following footpaths to Chagford Bridge it leaves Dartmoor at Drewsteignton.
The mid-Devon section is gentler and pastoral, using ancient footpaths and bridleways linking settlements such as Morchard Bishop, Black Dog and Witheridge.
The path enters the Exmoor National Park at Anstey Common and winds through beautiful river scenery and lonely moorland before making a spectacular descent into Lynmouth via Myrtleberry Hangings.
Please help us say 'Thank You' to Devon Air Ambulance Trust. After all, we are all only an accident or illness away from needing their help.