Woman's 630-mile memorial walk in bid to help disease charity
Determined Verity Stokes is undertaking a mammoth fundraising walk along the entire South West Coastal Path to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association this September.
Verity, 27, from East Compton, near Pilton, plans to walk 630 miles around the coast from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset on a journey she estimates will take eight weeks at an average of 14 miles per day.
The inspiration behind Verity's epic coastal expedition is her late father, Richard Stokes. He was diagnosed with MND in 1995 and died three years later, aged just 45.
Originally from Keynsham, near Bristol, Richard Stokes founded Stokes Plc with his family, which later became the largest independent greengrocers in the country. He was a natural businessman who also set up another property business, which Verity now manages.
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Former Millfield student Verity, who grew up in Charterhouse, on the Mendip Hills, said: "I grew up going for walks in the countryside with my dad, so I couldn't think of a better challenge to raise money for the MNDA than this expedition. I like to think my dad would have approved of the walk and would have thought it was a great idea. He loved nature and wildlife, and he loved the South West, so this seemed a fitting tribute to him."
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the nerves in the brain or spinal cord. This means messages stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.
Verity said: "As there is currently no cure for MND, I hope any money I raise will go towards research into finding one, as well as helping current sufferers of the illness and their families."
Verity's challenge starts on September 3 in Minehead and she hops to raise £5,000.
To donate, visit www.justgiv ing.com/Verity-Stokes1.