Steve will be walking from Morpeth in Northumbria to Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, visiting towns along the way whose initial letters spell out the word meningitis.
He hopes to raise £50,000 during the 17-day walk for Meningitis Now, to take his personal contribution to fighting the disease over the last 30 years to £2 million from walks alone.
Steve’s epic journey starts in Morpeth on Saturday 8 October. He then walks via Easington, Northallerton, Ilkley, Nelson, Glossop, Ibstock, Tamworth and Inkberrow, covering about 20 miles each day, before the final leg brings him to Stonehouse, in Gloucestershire, on Monday 24 October.
There, supporters will be on hand to greet him back to the town where the charity started, following an outbreak of the disease in 1986.
Involved for over 33 years
“There were no organisations to represent the disease then, so I’ve dedicated my life to help create a better understanding of the disease.”
Steve became the founding chairman of the Meningitis Trust, now Meningitis Now, in 1986.
“We were the first charity to address this awful disease,” he added, “and since then we have funded over £12 million of preventative research, distributed over 20 million awareness symptoms cards, taken over one million helpline calls and supported thousands of families who lives have been devastated by meningitis.”
Despite the great strides in prevention and awareness bought about by the charity’s work meningitis remains a threat and thousands of people continue to live their lives with its devastating consequences, Meningitis Now are also equally committed to investing in life-saving and life-changing research every year.
Committed to the fight against meningitis
As we enter our 30th anniversary year we remain committed to the fight against meningitis and to achieve our vision, where no one in the UK loses their life to the disease and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.
It will be veteran long-distance walker Steve’s 33rd walk. He will be walking the route with support from a small back-up team of Phil and Judith Cook and Bob Birstall and collecting donations throughout. Local supporters are welcome to join him at the finish of each day’s walk.
“It would be lovely if any schools that I pass would come out and give me a bit of encouragement and cheer me on,” he said, “and I’ll be happy to return another time to give an assembly. But, because of the distance I need to cover each day I won’t be able to stop anywhere for a visit during the walk.”
Spot Steve on his route and wish him well on his way
Day 1, Saturday 8 October: Morpeth to Angel of the North, Gateshead. 19 miles, start 9am, The Clock Tower, Old Gate, Morpeth. Finish, Angel View Inn Hotel.
Day 2, Sunday 9 October: Gateshead via Easington to Trimdon. 21 miles, start 9am, Angel View Inn Hotel. Finish, Trimdon Grange Infant and Nursery School.
Day 3, Monday 10 October: Trimdon Grange to Dalton-on Tees. 20 miles, start 9am,Trimdon Grange Infant and Nursery School. Finish, The Chequers Inn, Dalton-on-Tees, Darlington.
Day 4, Tuesday 11 October: Dalton-on-Tees via Northallerton to Baldersby. 22 miles, start 8.30am, The Chequers Inn, Dalton-on-Tees, Darlington. Finish, The Old Smithy Farm Shop, Baldersby, Thirsk.
Day 5, Wednesday 12 October: Baldersby to Beckwithshaw. 18 miles, start 9am, The Old Smithy Farm Shop, Baldersby, Thirsk. Finish, The Smith’s Arms, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate.
Day 6, Thursday 13 October: Beckwithshaw via Ilkley to Addingham. 19 miles, start 9am, The Smith’s Arms, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate. Finish, The Crown Inn, Addingham.
Day 7, Friday 14 October: Addingham via Nelson to Burnley. 21 miles, start 8.30am. The Crown Inn, Addingham. Finish, Talbot Hotel, Burnley.
Day 8, Saturday 15 October: Burnley to Ashton-under-Lyne. 23 miles, start 8.30am, Talbot Hotel, Burnley. Finish, Gala Bingo, Ashton-under-Lyne.
Day 9, Sunday 16 October: Ashton-under-Lyne via Glossop to Buxton. 22 miles, start 8.30am, Gala Bingo, Ashton-under-Lyne. Finish, Market Place, Buxton.
Day 10, Monday 17 October: Buxton to Ashbourne. 21 miles, start 8.30am, Market Place, Buxton. Finish, Waterside Retail Park, Ashbourne.
Day 11, Tuesday 18 October: Ashbourne to Woodville. 22 miles, start 8.30am, Waterside Retail Park, Ashbourne. Finish, The Midway Inn, Swadlincote.
Day 12, Wednesday 19 October: Woodville via Ibstock to Shuttington near Tamworth. 23 miles, start 8.30am, The Midway Inn, Swadlincote. Finish, The Wolferstan Arms, Shuttington, Tamworth.
Day 13, Thursday 20 October: Shuttington via Tamworth to Solihull. 20 miles, start 8.30am, The Wolferstan Arms, Shuttington, Tamworth. Finish, Olton Tavern, Lode Lane, Solihull.
Day 14, Friday 21 October: Solihull to Astwood Bank. 22 miles, start 8.30am, Olton Tavern, Lode Lane, Solihull. Finish, The Bell, Evesham Road, Astwood Bank.
Day 15, Saturday 22 October: Astwood Bank via Inkberrow to Bredon. 21 miles, start 8.30am, The Bell, Evesham Road, Astwood Bank. Finish, The Royal Oak, Bredon.
Day 16, Sunday 23 October: Bredon to Painswick. 21 miles, start 9am, The Royal Oak, Bredon. Finish, St Mary’s Church, Wick Street, Painswick.
Day 17, Monday 24 October: Painswick to Stonehouse. 5 miles, start 9am, St Mary’s Church car park, Wick Street, Painswick. Finish, Wycliffe School, Ryeford Hall, Ebley Road, Stonehouse.