Health trust comms manager gives up job to tackle 630-mile charity walk

An NHS PR man has given up his job to walk the 630 mile South West Coast Path for two local cancer charities.

Jim Bray, former communications manager at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, will set off from Minehead on Friday as he begins his eight week challenge Jim’s Journey.

The 36-year-old will be raising money for the Seamoor Unit, the £2.5million chemotherapy and day treatment centre at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple and Exeter-based charity FORCE.

On the way he is due to climb more than 115,000 feet (nearly four times the height of Mount Everest), cross 288 bridges, catch 13 ferries, pass around 3,500 coast path signs and go up or down more than 30,000 steps before reaching the finish at Poole Harbour in Dorset on Thursday, August 4.

He will be charting his trek with a photo diary on his Facebook page, Jim’s Journey.

“I didn’t used to like walking or appreciate the benefits but after a spell of ill health towards the end of last year I was encouraged to walk more to help me get better,” said Jim, who lives in Sampford Peverell, near Tiverton.

“This year I’ve done a brisk walk for half an hour every day as well as a longer trek in Devon or Somerset once or twice a week, and I now feel fitter, healthier and stronger.

He joined the health trust in 2012 and helped to promote the Chemotherapy Appeal as well as the official opening of the centre by HRH the Earl of Wessex last September.

He said: “I saw at first hand how fundraising can make such a phenomenal difference to the lives of patients receiving cancer treatment, and I was keen to do my bit as part of a big personal challenge.”

To sponsor Jim, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JimsJourney

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