Going the extra 18.5 miles

Man in spectacles, blue waterproof coat, umbrella, standing by a gate in woods

Loves walking, loves mission: Bruce Nuttall preparing for his challenge

On Sunday 6 September, Bruce Nuttall, aged 73, is taking on a demanding six-hour walking challenge to provide the emergency supplies that people with disabilities in Peru so desperately need.

Bruce will be walking an 18.5-mile circuit from his church, St Mary’s, Westerham to raise money for the Shalom Rehabilitation Centre in Lima, Peru, which was founded by CMS mission partner Pat Blanchard.

Please sponsor Bruce today on his JustGiving page.

In recent months, the need for support has grown as Peru’s healthcare system struggles to cope with the coronavirus crisis, the economy struggles to recover from lockdown and poverty is widespread.

At the Shalom Rehabilitation Centre, Pat cares for around 100 children with disabilities, providing therapy and pastoral care for them and their families.

But, of course, demand has now increased and the need is greater than ever.

Bruce asks: “Who can turn their face away from the challenges she faces?” As a retired teacher, with experience working with deaf children, Bruce certainly couldn’t.

St Mary’s has supported Pat Blanchard as a CMS link church for several years and on her visits to the church Bruce says that her “love for her parishioners back in Lima shines out”.

Through this sponsored challenge, Bruce combines his love of working with and for children with his lifetime love of walking, inspired by his father.

Every first Sunday in September, Bruce has returned to the valley of Rossendale in East Lancashire, where he grew up, to take part in the annual Round the Hills Walk. This walk follows the rim of the moor-tops around the valley – a distance of 18 miles. Like so many things in 2020, this annual event has been postponed…but not for Bruce!

He has mapped the original route-shape – a circuit – onto his local area in Westerham, Kent as closely as footpaths and access allow, which adds half a mile to the total distance.

“Compared with the Rossendale walk, [the terrain] is very gentle with beautiful deciduous woodland and farmland,” says Bruce. Though he adds, “The ascent and descent of the scarp slopes of both the North Downs and the Greensand Ridge are as steep as anything in the Pennines if not so high.” And the climb up the North Downs comes as a punishing end to what is sure to be a very demanding day’s walking.

Please show your support for Bruce’s efforts by sponsoring him today.

Good luck and thank you, Bruce! 

Published 2 September 2020
Europe, Middle East and North Africa

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