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Alan completes gruelling coast challenge for charity

Alan Jervis stood on the coast path with a crowd of people stood behind him.

The Trust’s Alan Jervis has completed his ‘Around Cornwall Challenge’ for charity after covering over 340 miles on foot.

Alan, Head of Education for the Trust, was greeted by family and friends in Porthtowan on Saturday, with a rendition of ‘Trelawny’ by Truro Male Choir.

The challenge took 2 weeks to complete as Alan walked and ran the entire Cornish coast path, covering around 25 miles a day. 

Alan is raising money for 3 local charities. They are Penhaligon’s Friends, Cornwall Mind, and Touch Eldoret. He has already surpassed his £1,000 target, with over £3,000 now raised. 

Speaking just moments after completing his challenge, Alan said:

“I am feeling quite elated for it all to be over. It is a really big relief to get it done. There were times, especially in the first week, I thought I was not going to finish. Each day was really tough.”

There were emotional scenes at the finish in Porthtowan as family and friends welcomed Alan back.

He added: “It was really emotional actually. To have everyone here, having the choir here singing has just been fantastic. To see family and friends, it really does mean a lot.”

Alan also thanked all those who have made generous donations via his ‘GiveWheel’ page. Over 150 people have contributed so far.

“I really appreciate every donation that comes in. When I was feeling really low and feeling really tired, the donations coming in kept me going. The donations page is still open for another couple of months. They are 3 small charities and every donation, regardless of how small, has a massive impact on what they can provide.”

Picture of Alan and family with a cornish flag.

For 2 weeks Alan has carried a heavy backpack, weighing around 13kg while covering around 25 miles a day. He has camped out most evenings and stayed at friends on other occasions.

It is little wonder then that he was looking forward to some home comforts on Saturday evening.

Alan says: “I think I’ve got a steak dinner with some red wine. And I will just relax a little!”

If you still want to make a donation, visit Alan’s ‘GiveWheel’ page.


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