Woman carried across beacons for charity

08:03 10 July 2012

Christine Westlake with the Royal Navy submarine crew members.

Christine Westlake with the Royal Navy submarine crew members.

Archant

An MS sufferer has taken on an unusual challenge to raise money for charity.

A WOMAN suffering from multiple sclerosis has braved the Brecon Beacons while strapped into a wheelchair on the shoulders of 12 naval officers.

Christine Westlake, 51, from Braunton took part in the challenge in which 12 Royal Navy submarine crew members carried her across the Beacons to raise money for the South West M.S. Therapy Centre in Exeter.

She has raised more than £700 in sponsorship and the crew members have also raised a further £1,000.

“The challenge went well; the route varied from forest tracks to narrow rocky paths running with water,” said Mrs Westlake, who has had MS for more than 14 years.

“We had to go up the side of a steep waterfall with the crew climbing over large fallen trees and lifting me at shoulder height.

“We then had to go through floods with hidden boulders into an old railway tunnel and more floods as we came out of the tunnel which was also running with water.

“The only problem the lads and I got lots of midge bites; they were out in force due to the warm damp weather.”

The crew completed the challenge, with Mrs Westlake map-reading at the helm, in three hours and 58 minutes, two minutes below their target.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Mrs Westlake or the crew can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Christine-Westlake or at J & S Wensley newsagents Braunton.

0 comments

Other News Stories

39 minutes ago
Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon had a double lung transplant in August last year.

Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon, who had a double lung transplant in 2013, is once again fundraising for charities.

Read more
42 minutes ago
Alison Hunt of North Devon Hospice and Bill Sanders of Pilton Church Hall were each presented with cheques for £900 by Hamish Patrick's brother, Gavin Patrick

Fundraising evening to remember Green Man Festival organiser helped to raise £1,800 for North Devon charities.

Read more
45 minutes ago
The re-imagined garden is officially opened

Petroc students give gardens at Pilton House Residential Home in Barnstaple a makeover.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
Danny Alexander and North Devon MP Nick Harvey talk to Working Hub manager Amelia Isaac.

Danny Alexander Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announces major investment - including the North Devon Link Road - during Barnstaple visit.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:18
The scene at Newport in Barnstaple.

Some homes saw a missed collection as North Devon Council upgrades its recycling service.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:17
Storm damage in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Stormy weather and high winds last night caused two trees to fall in Bideford. View our photo galleries here.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder