Martin puts his best feed forward for chemo appeal

Joseph Bulmer

Welshman returns home for epic walk in aid of hospital appeal

A NORTH Devon man is returning to his Welsh roots in a bid to raise �3,000 for the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal.

Martin Davis, who has spent 30 years living on this side of the Bristol Channel, has vowed to walk from one side of Wales to the other, a gruelling 180-mile trek along the Offa’s Dyke Path.

Martin, 59, from Shirwell, will be following the route of the dyke built in the 8th century by Offa, King of Mercia to form a boundary between England and Wales.

He hopes to complete the challenge in nine days, walking an average of 20 miles a day between Prestatyn in the north and Chepstow in the south.

“It’s not an easy walk,” said Martin, who works as the contract general manager of Sodexo at North Devon District Hospital.

“It covers lots of different terrain ranging from hills and river valleys, to farmland, heaths, glens and woodland.

“But every day I see people less fortunate than me attending the hospital for treatment and as I have been lucky enough to have been gifted with good health, I have decided to use this gift to help those less fortunate.”

Married dad-of-one Martin will be setting off next week and hopes his training will pay dividends during the lone trek.

“I’ve been doing a bit of walking from Shirwell to Croyde and to West Down but have had a bucketful of blisters,” he said.

“But Floor One Fitness in Barnstaple have been very helpful and thanks to their exercise regime, I’ve recently lost two stone and am fighting fit.

“Hopefully I can raise some money to help build a new chemotherapy unit at the hospital. It’s such a worthwhile charity as it’s something that unfortunately most people will need at some point in their lives.”

Readers can sponsor Martin on-line at his Just Giving page. Visit