Coast To Coast To Coast

by accessthedales in Lincolnshire

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Raising funds for a long-distance trek in an all-terrain wheelchair & fundraising for Calvert Trust Kielder & Cumbria Community Foundation.

by accessthedales in Lincolnshire

I'm Debbie North.  In 2008 I was diagnosed with spinal degeneration.

Whilst struggling to overcome the battles of failing health, I was forced to take early retirement from a job I loved - headteacher in a Primary school - and lost the ability to go hillwalking, my favourite pasttime.  I have spent far too much time in hospital as a result of my condition, contracting pneumonia twice and being hit with health problems all linked to a degenerative spine.  

I set up accessthedales in 2011 to raise awareness of accessibility in the countryside and to fundraise so people with disabilities can get into the hills, the dales and the mountains.  I figured if I was missing the hills there must be others in the same position.

I have already raised the funds for an all-terrain wheelchair, a Tramper, which is housed with the National Trust at Malham in North Yorkshire. 

I've also raised £6000+ for the Calvert Trust Kielder by trekking coast to coast, from St Bees on the west coast of England to Robin Hood's Bay on the east coast, a journey of 170 miles.  The trek received extensive media coverage and the whole accessthedales project has caused much interest.

 

We have a book covering this adventure due in July 2016 from Sigma Press called In The Spirit Of Wainwright.

Earlier this year, I became the "wheel-friendly guru" for 'The Outdoor Guide with Julia Bradbury.'  It's a role I'm very excited about and one that will help to continue getting the message out there to people with disabilities that the hills, dales and mountains are accessible for them.

Why am I crowdfunding?

I'm crowdfunding to help fund a long distance trek we are doing in April 2016, starting from Semerwater in Wensleydale through to Bassenthwaite in the Lake District.  It is called the Coast To Coast To Coast.  We have a team of 4 making the trek and a driver of a back up vehicle, which is needed for transporting our TerrainHopper between the route and accessible accommodation.

Our aim is to raise at least £6000 for the Calvert Trust Kielder enabling them to buy a TerrainHopper and at least the same amount for the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Appeal.  That is why being able to cover our costs in making the trip is so important.  Every penny we can save in expenses is a penny that will go to our good causes.

(the logo was kindly gifted to us by NCR.)

Coast To Coast To Coast

The Coast To Coast To Coast is a route we have devised.  It is a journey of 81 miles over seven days and is designed to be accessible for people with disabilities using an all-terrain wheelchair.  We start at Semerwater in Wensleydale and head to Ullswater in the Lake District before finishing on the northern shores of Bassenthwaite, also in the Lake District.  

 In 2017, the companion book for this trek, Coast To Coast To Coast,  will be released by Sigma Press.  

We are actively seeking sponsorship so we can raise money for the Calvert Trust Kielder  to buy a TerrainHopper and the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Appeal.  

What will your money be spent on?

Your money will be spent on accommodation for our team of 5 (four making the trek and our back up vehicle driver)...

vehicle hire...

and fuel.   

Thanks to the wonderful support of the people at Irton House Farm in Bassenthwaite and the Best Western at Shap Wells we already have some of our accommodation covered.  TerrainHopper are sponsoring us through the loan of an Overlander 4Z.  

What if we raise more than our target?

Any funds raised above and beyond our target will go directly to our good causes, the Calvert Trust Kielder and the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Appeal.

When we reach £500...

We'll post a video introducing the accessthedales team for this trek.  They're a handsome bunch and you're in for a rare treat :o)

When we reach £1000...

We'll post a video detailing the progress we've made in preparations for the trip, giving an insight into the logistics of such an adventure.

When we reach £1500...

We'll post a mini-movie trailer about the journey, injected with that special accessthedales' humour :o)

Here's some of our rewards...

 

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

For the price of a bar of chocolate, you have our huge thanks for believing in what we're doing at accessthedales. We'll post your name on our website in the Semerwater Donors section. Let's make this one of the biggest £1 donations in the history of the whole wide world :o)

£5 or more

£5 Reward

For the price of a pint and a bag of pork scratchings, you have our thanks for supporting the event and an exclusive Coast To Coast To Coast postcard. We'll also post your name on our website in the Semerwater Donors section.

£15 or more

0 of 50 claimed

£15 Reward

Savour 10 fl oz of delicious goodness from your very own 'Coast To Coast To Coast' mug and receive an exclusive accessthedales sticker for your favourite notebook :o) We'll also post your name on our website in the Semerwater Donors section.

£25 or more

1 of 50 claimed

£25 Reward

Be the proud owner of the most in demand piece of fashion of 2016 - our Coast To Coast To Coast t-shirt. Plus, we'll post your name on our website in the Ullswater Donors section.

£40 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£40 Reward

A Coast To Coast To Coast hoodie in either wonderful white, amazing ash, beautiful baby pink, sexy sand or hot heather. We'll also post your name on our website in the Ullswater Donors section and send you a personal postcard whilst we're on the trek either full of humour or tales of tendonitis!

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£75 Reward

A framed and signed landscape photograph taken during the Coast To Coast To Coast trek in April 2016 and a pack of 10 accessthedales postcards. We'll also post your name on our website in the Ullswater Donors section.

£400 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£400 Reward

EARLY BIRD PRICE*EARLY BIRD PRICE*EARLY BIRD PRICE* A guided walk for 2 - adventurous or leisurely (your choice) in the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District (your choice), but always interesting and informative - carefully devised by Jonathan Smith, a qualified Mountain Leader & associate of accessthedales, who will share his knowledge with you and also take care of navigation, leaving you with time to relax, enjoy, chat and take in the stunning landscapes. Then it's dinner (on us) and beer (on you!!!) with Debbie & Andy of accessthedales and Jonathan... the 3 veterans of 2015's coast to coast crossing... in a great country boozer, a signed copy of 'In The Spirit Of Wainwright' (due July 2016). We'll also post your name on our website in the Bassenthwaite Donors section.

£625 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£625 Reward

*EARLY BIRD PRICE*EARLY BIRD PRICE*EARLY BIRD PRICE* A 3 hour Boom Trike trip for two from Ilkley to the Wensleydale Creamery via the stunning Yorkshire Dales for lunch with Debs & Andy of accessthedales , a signed copy of In The Spirit Of Wainwright (released July 2016) and Coast To Coast To Coast (released 2017) with you thanked in the acknowledgements of this book. We'll also post your name on our website in the Bassenthwaite Donors section. (Dates and times to be negotiated by all parties)

£650 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£650 Reward

A guided walk for 2 - adventurous or leisurely (your choice) in the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District (your choice), but always interesting and informative - carefully devised by Jonathan Smith, a qualified Mountain Leader & associate of accessthedales, who will share his knowledge with you and also take care of navigation, leaving you with time to relax, enjoy, chat and take in the stunning landscapes. Then it's dinner (on us) and beer (on you!!!) with Debbie & Andy of accessthedales and Jonathan... the 3 veterans of 2015's coast to coast crossing... in a great country boozer, a signed copy of 'In The Spirit Of Wainwright' (due July 2016). We'll also post your name on our website in the Bassenthwaite Donors section.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

A 3 hour Boom Trike trip for two from Ilkley to the Wensleydale Creamery via the stunning Yorkshire Dales for lunch with Debs & Andy of accessthedales , a signed copy of In The Spirit Of Wainwright (released July 2016) and Coast To Coast To Coast (released 2017) with you thanked in the acknowledgements of this book. We'll also post your name on our website in the Bassenthwaite Donors section. (Dates and times to be negotiated by all parties)


Let's make 'Coast To Coast To Coast' happen