Monday, 3 December 2012

Walk of life for Air Ambulance

Photo: L-R Air Ambulance doctor Paul Ransom, Tom Brabham and critical care paramedic Chris Fudge at the helicopter base at Marden

An adventurer is aiming to fulfill a childhood ambition by walking the entire 7,000 miles of British coastline in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Tom Brabham will set off on his epic challenge from Eastbourne Pier on February 5th next year, just a week after his 22nd birthday.

The former Hailsham Community College pupil aims to complete the trek in 10 months, arriving back home in time for Christmas, 2013.

Tom has been inspired by a book called Turn Right at Land’s End by John Merrill - the first man to successfully achieve the feat in 1978.

He said: “I’ve wanted to do this since I left school but unfortunately I felt I was too young and lifestyle choices got in the way. Travelling was put about as far back on the back burner as it can get.

“I believe this country is a beautiful place and I want to explore the land I’m from before travelling abroad. If anything the weather will be just as if not more diverse and the coastline and countryside here is incredible.”

Tom, from Hailsham, is a chef at The Old Oak Inn at Arlington but will soon be swapping his whites for a pair of walking boots, map, compass and tent.

During his mammoth trip, he will have to navigate his way around rising tides, industrial complexes and Army firing ranges.

His journey will take him clockwise along the South Coast to Land’s End, Wales, north west England, the Isle of Anglesey, Lancashire and Cumbria.

In the summer, he will then cross the Scottish border into the Highlands, back into England and south towards London before following the Kent coastline to Eastbourne.

John Merrill became the first person to walk the entire coastline of Britain, averaging 26 miles per day with 50lbs on his back for 10 months.

He climbed the three highest mountains, Snowdon, Scafell and Ben Nevis, and drank 529 pints of milk, ate 1,511 bars of chocolate and wore out three pairs of boots and 33 pairs of socks.

He raised more than £45,000 for charity and his outstanding personal achievement earned him a place in the Guiness Book of Records.

Tom is aiming to raise £3,000 to fund his trip and been sponsored by Timberland, Procter Healthcare and PRB Training.

To sponsor him and find out more go to www.shoelace-express.co.uk, www.facebook.com/shoelaceexpress, or @shoelacexpress on Twitter.

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