Walking and kayaking the Severn Way

6th June 2016

After a family friend lost their beautiful little girl, Fleur Rose, to Men B earlier this year, Nick Wright and Jason Nicholls wanted to do something to help. This is the challenge they’ve set themselves


“Where do I start, my name is Nick Wright, I’m a local businessman, husband, father to three young boys and just an everyday normal bloke!“ 

“Being a father I was shocked when I heard the news that my friends, Liz and Matthew Allen’s 15-month-old daughter had been rushed into hospital. Tragically, six hours later, Fleur Rose had died; she had succumbed to Men B that had ravaged her little body in such a short space of time.”

“The circumstances in which Fleur Rose lost her battle to Men B have touched the hearts of our local community and seeing the devastating effect this had on my friends, I wanted to do something to help them and other families who have lost a child to this insidious disease.”

“To be honest I didn’t know where to start as I’ve never organised a charity event before. The easy route would be to run a marathon for the charity, but I wanted to do something different and more arduous. So, I enlisted the help of my close friend and serving soldier, Jase Nicholls. Between us we came up with idea of completing the Severn Way, but in just four days and both ways!” 

“The Severn Way is the longest riverside walk in the British isles at 320km/224 miles long. Starting on the wild Plynlimon plateau in mid-Wales, the route takes in Hafren Forest, Llanidloes, Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury and Ironbridge before heading south through Worcester, Tewkesbury and Gloucester to Severn Beach and then linking along the Avon into Bristol city centre.”

“Our aim is to walk four x 56 mile legs, starting at the delta in Bristol to the source at Plynlimon and complete a return journey to Bristol in kayaks in two days. We will carry everything we need and sleep alongside the river, only resupplying with fresh water.”

“The event will take place over the week commencing 24 July 2017. Every penny raised will go to Meningitis Now.”

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