Hereford’s own Dave Ross has set off on his mammoth trek from Edinburgh to Hereford, all in aid of Hope Support Services.

He’ll walk an average of 24 miles per day for two weeks straight, completing the equivalent of over 11 marathons.

The idea came to him a couple of years ago, when an offhand comment about walking from Scotland back to Hereford stuck in his head. 12 months later, whilst having a drink with friends, he decided there and then to take on the challenge.

He’ll be walking with the support of a few family members and friends who are joining him at different points along the way, but with no public transport or wheels to help him out – carrying around 8-10kg of kit, with just two breaks a day to ensure he gets back to Hereford on the 8th September.

“I will be relying on pure determination and strength to get me through this challenge,” said Dave. “I’m very nervous but at the same time very excited!

“Family laughed off the idea at the time, but I thought to myself I’m going to do it so got in touch with Hope. I feel very privileged to be able to support them, and I hope in the process I’ll be able to make more people aware about this great charity.”

Hope supports young people when a loved one is seriously ill, and offers support right here in Hereford – including through the “Hope at St Michael’s” service, for young family members of patients accessing the Hospice.

“The charity Dave is supporting was, and still is, a lifeline to me and my family” added Julia, whose daughters access support from Hope. “What he is doing is appreciated, to make this amazing charity known to people who need their help.”

Dave is welcoming anyone who wants to join him on the walk, especially for the last leg from Leominster to Hereford on the 8th September. For the whole route or to sponsor him, search “Dave’s Edinburgh to Hereford Charity Walk” on Facebook or call the Hope office on 01989 566317.

Photo (L-R):
Dave with the Hereford Bull, the end point of his trek