Family friend and father of three Nick Wright was shocked by the sad story of 15-month-old Fleur-Rose from Bridgnorth, who died from meningitis in April last year, and was determined to do something to help.
What he did, with Jason Nicholls, was organise a challenge that involved walking the length of the River Severn – 233 miles from Bristol to the source on the wild Plynlimon plateau in mid-Wales– and then kayaking back to Bridgnorth!
“It was tough to be honest”, Nick said. “The walk took us five days of solid walking and the paddle back took us three days which was 11 hours a day constant paddling covering over 40 miles a day.
Plenty of blisters
“We had plenty of blisters and injuries along the way.”
But all the blisters will be worthwhile as the pair’s fundraising efforts have so far raised a fantastic £5,300 ¬– with more still coming in. This adds to the £20,000+ already raised by Fleur-Rose’s family and friends through a series of events.
“The easy route would be to run a marathon for Meningitis Now,” Nick added, “but I wanted to do something different and a bit more arduous. So I enlisted the help of my close friend and serving soldier Jason and between us we came up with the idea of completing the Severn Way.”
Thanks both for your amazing efforts and we hope you can enjoy a well-deserved rest now. Contribute to their fundraising.