How you can help me

I am not someone who naturally asks for assistance – I feel very cheeky even asking – so this post does make me cringe a fair bit, but there are some things that I could find tricky and where practical help would be much appreciated…

Accomodation

This is a big one. If I had to book into a budget hotel or B&B each night it could cost me about ยฃ1400 per month alone! Obviously this is just not sustainable considering it could take me about 2 years to walk the coastline. So a huge help to the cause would be to offer me a bed for the night. I’ve had all my jabs and I’d love your pets (even your spiders, snakes and rats!) So if you have any of the following you could offer that would be wonderful:

  • A spare room
  • A sofa
  • A bed in a camper van or caravan

Packed lunch

Having no cooking, food storage or prep facilities whilst travelling will make things far more awkward and expensive than if I were on day trips from home, so being sent on my way with a snack would mean I don’t have to try and source suitable food before I even start the day’s walking. Don’t worry, I have no food allergies or intolerances and will eat pretty much anything. I wouldn’t even expect you to think about what I’d like, just give me what you’d like in your lunchbox and I’ll enjoy the surprise. That’s assuming your favourite isn’t Whiskas lamb in jelly sandwiches…I’m more of a gravy girl myself.

Clothes washing

Although I became accustomed to washing my laundry in the bath when I was a teenager (Mum couldn’t afford to replace the washing machine…cue the tiny violins ๐Ÿ˜‰) we did at least have a spin dryer and a washing line. But trying to wash trousers and fleeces in a sink, with no way of spinning them, when I need them dry the next day, is far from ideal. So if I could chuck my stuff in your washing machine that would be another big help.

Delivery address

Sometimes I may need to buy supplies and typically these are from online retailers because what I need often can’t be found widespread in the shops. For example, most of the face creams and sun lotions that are available on the High Street bring me out in a face full of spots, so I usually have to buy them online. Being able to have things delivered to addresses I know I’ll be passing would be a great help.

Cash

I wasn’t going to include this as I felt it was rather self-indulgent to ask people to donate towards my trip. But it’s been mentioned a few times now (eg “it’s going to cost you a small fortune in maps, convenience food and accommodation!”) so I’ve decided to add this as an option for those who would like to help me personally but are not able to offer practical support. My GoFundMe profile can be found here. Sorry. [Cringe] ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

8 thoughts on “How you can help me

  1. Liz Edmunds says:

    Good morning Beth,
    Ive just been passed this by a friend I met whilst in Hampshire search and rescue.
    I live close to the water in Southampton and would like to offer you any assistance . I have a spare room, food washing machine and a hot bath for your use. Iโ€™m have a day off on a Thursday (Iโ€™m a nurse working for police and fire brigade).
    Iโ€™d like be to be able to help so please let me know if you think thereโ€™s anything I can do.

    Thank you for doing this and I hope it all goes well. May the wind be always at your back!

    Liz xx

  2. Mary Fountain says:

    Hi Liz, I live in Havant which is not far from Portsmouth coast and near Hayling Island. Can lend you a bed for the night food and washing facilities. Can pick you up from a point if needed. Just let me know.

  3. Steve says:

    Hi Beth,

    When you get to Crosby beach area, my family and I would be very happy to offer you a place to stay if useful. Assuming you can see my email, just email whenever you’re looking at this section.

  4. Alan says:

    Hi, we walked together twice in Shropshire just before you set off on this admirable epic. Sadly, live too far from the coast to help at the moment but loving your posts and, especially, your photographs. Keep up the good walk, I mean ‘work’.!

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