Tresco Residents Raise Over £3,000 In Sponsored Walk

The 'Ministry of Scilly Walks' at Land's End for the start of their sponsored walk. Photo courtesy of George Kershaw.

A group of Tresco residents completed a gruelling sponsored walk from Land’s End to Lizard Point this weekend.

The ten islanders and two mainland relatives spent two days walking the 45-mile coast path in aid of the Phoenix Stroke Appeal, which supports victims of the illness in Cornwall.

Organiser, Robin Lawson, said the walk, known as the ‘Quarter Compass’ because it goes from the most westerly point in mainland England, to the most southerly, was tough but it went well.

They didn’t realise until the last minute that the start of the walk clashed with the launch of the Olympic Torch relay at Land’s End. Robin says the place was packed, even when they arrived at 5am and they couldn’t get any iconic images at the Land’s End mile marker.

But he said it was a great sight to see the helicopter carrying the flame pass overhead as they set out.

The group, known as ‘The Ministry of Scilly Walks’ managed good progress on the first day and reached their overnight stop at Perranuthnoe, 24 miles into the walk, just before 6pm.

Robin says the next day was tough, with an 11-hour walk to Lizard Point.

Although they spent most of the time on the coastal path, the total ascent along the length of the walk was 7,800 ft, the equivalent of Ben Nevis and Snowdon put together!

The group was supported along the way by George Kershaw, who drove to each rest point to wait for them with refreshments.

Robin says they’ve raised over £3,000 already from the walk and that’s likely to reach £4,000 in the end. And it brings their total, from 3 walks over the same number of years, to over £15,000.

Robin says everyone had a fantastic time and are keen to do something similar next year, although he says it probably won’t be until this morning when everyone starts to feel the pain of the walk.