Poles Ahead Nordic Walking raising money for Mental Health North Dorset HAPS – PLEASE SPONSOR HELEN!

Helen Gilchrist who runs Poles Ahead Nordic Walking is very kindly raising money for our organisation by swimming the Solent, walking around the Isle of Wight and walking the Jurassic Coast!  See below for more details and the link to donate.

Read all about Poles Ahead which runs groups in Shaftesbury, Gillingham and more at the Facebook page:

or email Helen on, Telephone on 07745413194.

It looks like a fantastic way to get or keep fit and make friends too. “If you can walk, you can Nordic Walk. It’s for anyone and everyone whatever your level of fitness. Improve your health, improve your marathon times and everything in between. Whatever your reasons for wanting to feel fitter Nordic Walking will give you a total workout.” says Helen.

From her email newsletter –

“I am hoping to raise funds for two charities, that really benefit local people in the two places that are close to my heart.  The Isle of Wight and North Dorset.  I was born and grew up on the Island and from the age of about eleven, I have always wanted to swim the Solent, but not quite got round to trying.  The  West Wight Sports and Community Centre are hosting the Solent Swim 2022 Event. The centre provides a wonderful facility to help the community in all areas of health and well being, but relies on funds from this event to stay open.   I would also like to raise funds for the local community where I live, in North Dorset. We too tend to be a bit ‘cut off’ from accessible facilities, living in a very rural area.  We often having to travel 25-30 miles to get basic medical services.  So I would also like to raise funds for Mental Health North Dorset Help and Peer Support Group.  Donations will be split between the two charities.
My challenges for the year are to:
Walk round the Island in three days at the end of March (75 miles)
Walk/Run the Jurassic Coast  Ultra Marathon 100 km, continuously in one day, Corfe Castle to Bridport
Swim the Solent July 23rd 2022.

I really appreciate the opportunity to do these challenges.  If you would like to donate please use the link below or see me directly at a class.  Thank you.”
An amazing enterprise – please sponsor Helen and support us too!



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