breatheeasyBreathe Easy, the group based in the respiratory department of St Mary’s Hospital, have completed their Coastal Path Challenge that took place over 2 weekends and entailed walking the 72 miles around the Island.

The group was led by Andy Savage and included colleagues from the Newport branch of Sainsbury’s who have adopted Breathe Easy as their chosen charity for the year.

Walkers started off at Appley and went around the Island in an anti-clockwise direction – now and then being forced to make detours where the coastline was closed off because of land slip.

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Six people managed to complete the entire 72 miles, with many others joining in on different days.

People were encouraged to sponsor the walkers in order to raise funds for the Breathe Easy and  the British Lung Foundation as well as getting much needed publicity.

Breathe Easy members were able to take part in this by attempting a Virtual Coastal Path during their circuit training sessions in the respiratory department gym.

Rob da Bank very generously donated 2 camping weekend tickets for the Bestival to be given to the person raising the most money, and this was an added incentive!

The tickets were awarded to Breathe Easy member Wendy Wright who raised a magnificent £560.60 towards the final amount of £2,037.80.

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The next event will be a ‘Get Breathless for Breathe Easy’ session in Sainsbury’s foyer, where people will be encouraged to have a go on rowing machines in an attempt to complete the 57 miles round the Island. This will take place on June 15th and 16th.’

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