AONB Chair doing the 'Challenging' Suffolk Coast Path for Charity

Walking My Way to Find a Cure

by Councillor David Wood, Tattingstone
Chair of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership

My wife, Rita, died a year ago of a little know illness called Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). We knew she had a neurodegenerative illness, but due to its relatively low numbers of sufferers – around 3,300 people in the UK and Ireland are currently living with it – her doctors thought it was probably Parkinson’s Disease or similar.

To honour her memory I will be walking the entire Suffolk Coast Path (approximately 60 miles), accompanied by Simon Amstutz, Manager of Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Nick Collinson, General Manager of The National Trust, Suffolk & Essex Coast.

I am already fundraising and am aiming to use the walk to highlight the illness, build awareness AND make money for the Multiple System Atrophy Trust. I am intending to raise over £3,000.

The Multiple System Atrophy Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist support to all those affected by MSA; a life-limiting neurodegenerative brain disease. The Trust provides MSA nurses, a telephone helpline and regional support groups. It also funds research into both a cause and cure. This last is my primary focus for my fund-raising walk. I am fund-raising via JustGiving at:

Walking the Suffolk Coast Path will be tough but also a pleasure. Rita and I both love walking, so not only will the walk itself though the outstanding landscape I’ve been associated with for over 20 years as the AONB Partnership Chair be a strong link for me to her, but supporting the charity I am raising money for is a way of supporting her. The walk takes place over four days from Friday 13 to Mon 16 September, from north to south.

Contact David Wood for more details:
07545 423831 or 07889 389443
01473 328269


By Cathy Smith on September 6th, 2019

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