Fife man smashes target in Dawn to Dusk Challenge in memory of his wife
Andy Chalmers from Carnock undertook the Dawn to Dusk Challenge to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of his wife, Suez, who sadly passed away from a brain tumour in 2018.
Andy, who is also over halfway through another challenge where he is walking the distance from John o’ Groats to Land’s End and back again, completed the Dawn to Dusk Challenge last weekend with the support of over 40 groups of family and friends who all walkedto help raise cash for the charity.
He said: “I'd planned to head out at dawn to start the walking day with a video and then do the same at dusk to finish it off, but I ended up staying out for the full day from 6:00am until just before 8.30pm – walking a total of 37 miles in 14 hours and 24 minutes!
"I took a circular route heading out from Carnock almost as far as Kincardine, then heading back through Devilla Forest to Culross and along Fife Coastal Path before heading back up through Dunfermline from Limekilns and then home.
“Around 40 groups of family and friends all headed out on the day for walks of varying lengths, most notably one of my oldest friends Gareth who covered almost 35 miles over in Edinburgh and the Pentlands starting out at dawn as well!
"The support, messages and willingness to get involved in memory of Suez and to support me was so humbling and makes me even more determined to keep going and smash my targets.”
Andy’s original goal was to raise £3500, but soon had to raise it to £5000, and with the support of family and friends he continues to smash his targets.
“By the end of the weekend everyone had managed to raise an unbelievable £1757 taking the total raised to £5969, exceeding the second target I had set.
“My main challenge, where I’m walking the distance from John o’ Groats to Land’s End, I’m currently at a total of 1258 miles, 84 days and nearly 400 miles ahead of target, and it is now looking like I will finish by mid-June.”