A Whitchurch dad is setting off on a 71 mile walk along the Wayfarers Walk to raise funds for two very deserving causes.

Young Tom now growing into a healthy young boy.

Simon Dutton, 39, of Queens Road moved to Whitchurch from Manchester 12 years ago, and is undertaking the sTOMp in appreciation of the care his newborn son Tom received in February. Tom required intensive treatment and care in his first week of life at both the North Hants Hospital Neonatal Unit, and in the Southampton Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Now six months old he is growing into a healthy baby boy, but Simon adds:

“I owe a huge debt to the fantastic doctors, nurses and other staff who looked after us all for what was a stressful week.”

Simon, who is married with two sons and works in IT, hopes to cover the Walk in just three days, starting at Emsworth on Monday 19th September. He says:

“all being well I’ll stagger up to Combe Gibbet on Walbury Hill at some point on the Wednesday afternoon”.

He will be accompanied on the walk by young Tom’s godfather.

The Wayfarers Walk at Watership Down

The Wayfarers Walk follows some of the old shepherding tracks as it winds its way across the Hampshire countryside from the coast to the highest parts of the county’s downland.

After leaving Emsworth it follows the coast before crossing Portsdown and heading inland to the Meon Valley. It passes through several villages such as Cheriton, skirts Alresford then heads north to Dummer from where it heads across towards the downland surrounding Watership Down just north of Whitchurch. It then takes the well-known chalk ridges with their fantastic views before reaching the end at Walbury Hill.

The target is £500 which will be split between the two good causes, and Simon has a donation page at Simon’s sTOMp

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