Newport teen puts best foot forward trekking 177 Miles for fundraiser

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An 18-year-old from Undy is trekking the Welsh border across 10 days to raise vital funds for St John Cymru.

Joe Griffiths is walking an average of 19 miles a day and started his epic journey in Prestatyn last Friday.

He will continue to walk the length of the Welsh border, following the Offa’s Dyke path, before finally arriving in Chepstow on Sunday.

Joe described the trail as “the hardest thing I’ve done in my life so far,” and is carrying all of his equipment including his sleeping bag, tent, food and toiletries with him on his back for the duration of the challenge.

So far, Joe has endured the wrath of Storm Hannah, trekking in 80mph winds, rain and hail and walked the highest point of his trail but there’s still so much more of his challenge to go.

He’ll be completing 90% of the challenge alone with the exception of Friday (3rd May) and Sunday (5th May) when he’ll be joined by friends who will be replenishing some of his supplies most importantly, his food.

“This challenge has been intense. Over my first few days I was battling against Storm Hannah so the harsh wind and rain were particularly awful.

It’s supposed to be sunnier for the rest of this challenge so I’m hoping it will make the journey a little easier.

This is by far one of the hardest things I’ve have done so far in my life and knowing I will be helping to raise money for such a worthwhile cause makes all of this worth it."

Joe Griffiths

Inspired by his use of first aid at work, Joe wants more people in his local community to be equipped with the skills needed to help save a life in an emergency situation. Joe is raising vital funds for St John Cymru, Wales’ leading first aid charity, in the hope he can help us to continue to provide free first aid training to communities and schools across Wales.

“I’m feeling hopeful and excited to carry on. I’m looking forward to my mates joining me on Friday. I’m looking at this challenge as if I’m walking back home, it’s really keeping me going.”

You can help Joe achieve his goal by donating here.

For more information about us and free community training in your area click here or call 034 5678 5646.


Published May 1st 2019

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