On 1/8/2017, I will be setting off to walk the entire UK coastline, just me and my tent, to raise money for SSAFA, a charity that has helped me through some seriously tough times.
This will obviously be no walk in the park. It'll just be me, my tent, and the bare necessities to get me through each step of the journey. I am starting with zero funds, and through the sheer generosity and goodwill of the public I have managed to acquire some incredible kit and equipment to get me started.
SSAFA, the armed forces charity, is an organisation that I owe an awful lot to.
I served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment and have had some challenging times since returning to civilian life. As a single parent, I've been bringing up my daughter for the last ten years and SSAFA have really helped me keep my head above water throughout that time. I have experienced first-hand what they do and I honestly don't know where I would be without their help and support.
Having recently finished school, my daughter is now moving to attend college in Bournemouth, where she will stay with family. This recent development has left me to re-evaluate a few things and has offered the opportunity for me to give back to those who have helped us so much.
My goal is to raise £100,000 for SSAFA. This will help them continue the incredibly vital work that they do with the Forces and their families.
I will be starting from Llangennith beach, where I will head clockwise around the UK & NI towards Scotland, and back down the east & south coasts. As yet I'm not sure how long this journey will take, I'll be taking each day as it comes. I am in my element when outdoors, from surfing and coasteering to intense physical training, which has hopefully prepared me for the task ahead - a walk of approximately 14,000km.
I'd love it if you wanted to follow the journey, make sure to come and say hello if you spot me!
If you'd like to donate, follow this link.
[photos + video by molly jane lewis]