The latest fundraising efforts from intrepid Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover will see him attempt to walk 84 miles in just 48 hours!
Starting this Friday (17th September) at 07.00, Bryan will be walking 84 miles or 134km from Bath to eastern Reading – or 168,000 steps and about 8,000-10,000 calories burnt if you prefer!
Walking solo, Bryan will be carrying around 40lbs, including a change of clothes, first aid kit, torches, power packs, water and food. He will be walking along the Kennet and Avon Canal, being met at regular intervals with refreshments by sponsor Kellaway Building Supplies. Bryan is setting off on this epic journey from Kellaway’s Bath branch.
All money raised will support the Rainy Day Trust’s mental health programme. Bryan explained: “Walking is proven to be really good for your mental health as well as just general physical health. Mental health benefits from the bilateral movement associated with walking. I have been preparing for this challenge by walking and participating in other organised walks in my local area.
“My main challenge will be ensuring I take on enough fuel to keep my energy levels up! I’m hugely grateful to Kellaway Building Supplies who will be meeting me at regular stops along the way with food and water. Thanks too to our other major sponsors Dulux, Home Hardware, Stax, Dexam and Burton McCall.”
Bryan is aiming to complete between 53 and 55 miles in the first 24 hours, leaving ‘just’ 30 miles for Day 2. He said: “If all goes to plan I hope to finish in around 40 hours, approximately 10pm on Saturday night. You can find the full itinerary on our social media pages so please do come and join me at any point of the journey and of course you can support me via the Bryan Clover page on Virgin Money Giving.”
Sean Morgan, Operations & Commercial Director at Kellaway Building Supplies, said the company was in awe of Bryan’s determination to complete the task. He commented: “It’s incredible what Bryan is setting out to do and we’re delighted to help support him and the Rainy Day Trust. The charity does some amazing work for colleagues in our sector, so we were determined to help in any way we could.”
Bryan is said to be particularly looking forward to the bacon sandwich the Kellaway team will be providing at the final stop on the trip!
To sponsor Bryan go to his page on Virgin Money Giving.
To contact the Charity for support, call 0800 9154627 or email via the RDT website.
To discuss potential fundraising partnerships with the Charity, contact Bryan direct via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07939 541289
The Rainy Day Trust operates across three sectors (builders’ merchants, DIY & Hardware and Housewares & Tabletop) which have a combined turnover of more than £50billion and employ close to 500,000 people.
It is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in these industries, including DIY Shops, Hardware Stores, Builders’ Merchants, Garden Centres, Cookshops, and all the manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the UK who supply them.
The RDT grew out of two benevolent funds for the industry with roots back to 1843, and now offers a range of services to retail and supplier employees – from a regular cash payment to white goods and even house repairs.