ISLE OF WIGHT WOMAN HELPS ISLANDERS RECONNECT BY HOSTING COASTAL WALKING CHALLENGE

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An Isle of Wight woman has been fighting against lockdown loneliness and bringing Islanders back together by completing a 70-mile challenge.

34-year-old Kim Gratton undertook a Coastal Path journey over the last 5 weeks which was successfully completed on Sunday (2nd May).

Her group called “Who’s Coming with Me?” was created last year in an attempt to bring people in the community together and discover new parts of the island together.

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The group now has about 700 followers and has made such a positive impact on the community, fighting against loneliness, anxiety and contributing to improving mental health through exercise in these challenging times.

Kim said:

“As one of the persons who completed the walk, I am ever so proud to have been part of this adventure and it was ever so uplifting to meet new people and enjoy the outdoors, nature, and wildlife while we patiently wait for the world to get back to normal.”

Kim, who also works full time, has been such a strong influence planning all our outings and taking so much of her free time, making sure we were all kept safe and looking after a group of walkers of all ages and abilities.

Kim says she will be continuing this journey in the coming weeks with more walks and outdoor activities planned and anybody is free to join on any of the many adventures she has planned to keep us all moving together across the Isle of Wight!

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