Managing Director of Greenhlagh’s Craft bakery in Bolton, David Smart, is taking on one of his biggest challenges, The Coast to Coast Wainwright walk, starting on Saturday 21 July until Saturday 4 August 2018.
David who was born in Bolton worked his way up from apprentice to Managing Director. This time he’s leaving the kitchen for a walk through the hills in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, a cause close to his own heart.
This year David turned 60 which inspired him to walk the challenging route as a personal goal but also to honour his mother who passed away last year living with Alzheimer’s disease.
David said: “My mother Kathleen Mary Smart passed away last year from Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is an unforgiving disease, that takes away your loved one's memories day by day, and there's nothing you can do, only love them more.
‘Now in my 61st year, I wanted to give back and raise funds for the Alzheimer`s Society while achieving a personal goal of trekking the 192 mile Wainwright`s walk from St. Bees to Robins Hood Bay. It's a challenging route, however, with your support and optimism we'll see it through.
‘Currently, there is no cure, so let’s join Alzheimer’s Society and together we'll finally beat Alzheimer's for good! We need to make sure even those now affected by dementia are supported and accepted, and able to live in their community without fear or prejudice”
The Coast to Coast Walk is a 192-mile (309 km) unofficial and mostly un-signposted long-distance footpath in Northern England. Devised by Alfred Wainwright, it passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park.
Alzheimer's Society, Community Fundraiser in Greater Manchester, Stephanie Larkin welcomed David’s huge challenge to help raise money for the charity through his Coast to Coast trek taking place this summer. She said: “It’s wonderful that David has decided to take on such an incredible challenge to support Alzheimer’s Society. It’s a huge effort with a high target and lots of hours of training involved!
‘Dementia devastates lives, but dementia won’t win thanks to people like David uniting with us against dementia. Until the day we find a cure we will be here for anyone affected by dementia, where they are, whatever they’re going through.”
To support David’s trek drop in to your local Greenhalgh’s store and donate or donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/greenhalghs-cb
For more information about dementia and support please visit alzheimers.org.uk or call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.