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How one Rotary member made the most of his daily exercise to help support local charities

How one Rotary member made the most of his daily exercise to help support local charities

Rotary member Alan Rice-Smith, and his wife Caerwen wasted no time after lockdown restrictions were lifted to challenge themselves and raise much needed funds for local charities.

As soon as lockdown restrictions began to ease, Alan and his wife Caerwen challenged themselves to walk the Thames Path walk.

The couple from Cirencester completed the 184-mile walk from Kemble to London in just 16 days, raising over £2,500.

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As soon as lockdown restrictions began to ease, Alan and his wife Caerwen challenged themselves to walk the Thames Path walk.

Alan added: “I’m a Cirencester Rotarian so I thought there’s always a chance we could raise some money for the vital local charities.”

Alan, 61, has spent the last year recovering from a heart attack he suffered in March 2019, and has been determined to get fit and keep active ever since.

He added: “Over lockdown I made the most of the daily walks. When we all realised COVID can really effect those with underlying health issues, I wanted to do make sure I kept fit and healthy.

“Over lockdown I made the most of the daily walks. When we all realised COVID can really effect those with underlying health issues, I wanted to do make sure I kept fit and healthy.”

“Opportunities arose to go out and do some walks in the open air, and that’s when we discovered the Thames Path walk so we thought let’s give it a go.”

President of Cirencester Rotary, Mark Wilton chose two charities who the club is actively working with and raising money for this year.

The two charities are the Big Yellow Bus Project, a double decker bus which has undergone a conversion to provide warm, comfortable sleeping and basic cooking facilities for rough sleepers.

The second charity is Cotswold Counselling, which provides the opportunity for people to talk in confidence with someone who is trained to listen.

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President of Cirencester Rotary, Mark Wilton chose two charities who the club is actively working with and raising money for this year.

Alan said: “During this pandemic so many charity organisations have been hit by a lack in funds. Cirencester Rotary chose to support these two charities in particular because the services they provide are supporting people who may be struggling and need help through this pandemic.

“Other members from Cirencester Rotary were so supportive of the challenge, and used their connections to encourage others to support and donate.”

If you would like to find out more information, and donate, head to Alans GoFundMe page.