KAREN Penny is one amazing lady.

She is taking part in a charity Coast of Britain walk – and today she is walking from Seaford to Eastbourne.

Please stop and say “Hello” if you see her or walk a mile or 2 with her. She would love company.

Every penny is going to AlzheimersResearchUK.

Karen said: “Fresh from my recent walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End raising money in support of  the  Alzheimer’s Charity , I am now ready to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime; a continuous walk circumnavigating the 20,000 Kms of the British and Irish Coastline, and it’s islands. A feat never achieved by a woman, least of all by one on the wrong side of 50!

On January 14th 2019 I set out from Southgate in the Gower to walk the Welsh coastline heading to Fishguard  and then crossing to Rosslare, Ireland. I intend to walk in a clockwise direction around Ireland finishing my Irish leg of the journey in the autumn of 2019. 

From Rosslare, I will take a ferry back to Fishguard and then head North along the Welsh coastline and thereafter clockwise around mainland UK. En route I will walk as many of the Islands as I can. My journey will take about 3 and a half years

I am married with one son and live in the Gower having retired after working for 3 decades in the legal profession. I  work as a volunteer for many local causes: The National Trust, working as a volunteer ranger to help safeguard the Gower Peninsula, I am a trustee of a local charity which has helped to raise nearly £40,000 to save our local library, and as a school governor at our local primary school who will be engaging in a project to follow my four year trip. 

In my spare time I am a keen parkrun runner, member of Lliswerry Runners, Newport, and regularly help with productions for The Bishopston Amateur Dramatic Society.

Many people have pre-conceptions about dementia, and often, it is only when someone is personally affected that they begin to find out about it.

Dementia has had a profound impact upon our family. During the last 10 years we have lost two very dear family members. Alma who succumbed to the effects of vascular dementia in a matter of months, and Kingsley, who  deteriorated to such an extent both mentally and physically that ultimately he couldn’t even recognise family members.​

I  have previously raised over £6000 for Alzheimers by running a marathon and walking the length of Britain. I am now devoting the next 4 years of my life, leaving family and friends and my  cat Bilbo behind me , to raise a target of £100,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

Go to Karen Penny is fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK (justgiving.com)