We need your support to create a new way marked trail in and around the Devil's Punchbowl, Hindhead, Surrey to help raise awareness of Muscular Dystrophy.
The aim is to create a new way marked trail in and around the Devil's Punchbowl, Hindhead, Surrey to help raise awareness of Muscular Dystrophy. The trail will be opened by the Mayor of Waverley at 10:00am on Saturday 27th September 2014.
The trail has been designed to complement the shorter way- marked trails that already exist in the area. The route follows established trails in and around the Devil’s Punchbowl and Hindhead Commons. These cover 650 hectares (about 1600 acres) and are managed by the National Trust.
Rare lowland heath and semi- natural woodland cover most of the property together with a small area of wetland and fields of acid grassland. These habitats support many forms of wildlife that you may see on your visit.
At the centre of the property is a sandstone ridge. The ridge runs from Hindhead village in the West to Gibbet Hill in the East. At a height of 272m (892 feet) above sea level Gibbet Hill is the second highest point in Surrey.
To the North of the ridge lies the steep- sided Devil’s Punchbowl, parts of which are gradually being restored to lowland heath.
The name ROAM 639 is derived from the initials of Richard Overall, a local young man who died from muscular dystrophy and the shared initials of my friends two sons, Alfie and Arthur Marchant, whose lives are also affected by this condition. The number 639 represents the number of muscles that comprise the human body and also indicates the distance of the loop (6.39miles, 10.28km).
The creation of the route has the full support of the National Trust, Action Duchenne (the charity most closely aligned to the form of Muscular Dystrophy that affected Richard Overall & my friends two sons) and the parents of Richard, Alfie and Arthur. The opening of the trail is also being linked to the National Trusts' annual 'The Great British Walk' campaign and will be marked by a small group of friends running multiple laps on the day. A select few have agreed to run 10 full laps starting at 7am on the 27th. I have committed to running 24 laps in the week leading into the opening of the trail to reflect the 24/ 7 nature of Muscular Dystrophy.
My name is Ian Mayhew. I have been actively involved in raising awareness of Muscular Dystrophy since my friends two young sons were diagnosed with the condition in 2010. I have previously used my participation in ultra endurance events as a way of achieving this aim. This includes my participation in the Moart 100 for the last three years. These have been conducted under the banner of Challenge 639. I have been supported in my efforts by many of the athletes I coach.
Why am I Crowdfunding?
I am seeking support for the project through crowd funding as I under estimated the costs associated with establishing the trail. Despite the sale of my road bike to fund the project, and the generous support of friends in terms of donating time and expertise, there will be a shortfall in funding. So we need your help!
Why is it so important?
Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic condition that over time gradually causes the muscles to weaken. This leads to an increasing level of disability. There are several different types of MD, with different symptoms and patterns of progression. The progression of MD varies, not only between the different types, but within them as well. Some genetic mutations can cause a milder version of the condition, and some will be more severe. Children with Duchene MD may be in a wheelchair by the age of 10, the condition can be life-threatening.
Currently medical treatment is limited to treating the associated physical & cardiac conditions, but there does appear to be some hope on the horizon thanks to a new drug. The development & delivery of which is being championed by Action Duchenne through their 'Skip Duchenne' Campaign.
My hope is that this new trail will further increase awareness of Muscular Dystrophy and make those of us who enjoy physical activity more appreciative of our bodies, something which I have previously taken for granted.
How will the money be used?
The funding sought is to assist with the costs associated with the launch of the trail.
- production costs of the waymark arrows for the route (£132.50),
- design costs of trail guide leaflet (£350),
- initial print run of trail guides (£276 for 2,500 copies).
All prices quoted are excluding VAT. Other costs linked to the launch of the trail including the design of the supporting website, the design of the trail logo, web hosting etc have been covered by the generous donation of time and expertise of friends or by me.
We are offering a number of great rewards to thank you for helping us create this trail and support the ROAM 639.
£5 acknowledgment on ROAM 639 website and Facebook page as a backer
£15 a personal tour of route either as a walk or relaxed run accompanied by Ian PLUS the above reward.
£50 a ROAM 639 momento (this has been designed by Ian and will be shipped to all backers in this category in the week of the trail's launch PLUS the above rewards.
We are also offering a number of great corporate reward packages aimed at local businesses:
£100 company acknowledged on ROAM 639 website (with a hyper- link)* and Facebook page
£250 as above with option for company to promote activities, events, sales etc by submitting copy for uploading to ROAM 639 website **
* The hyper- links will remain in place for two years from the offical opening of the trail
** The hyper- link and option to promote events will remain in place for two years from the official opening of the trail
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