A walk to remember revisited

It was the 9th of September when I set out on my 100 mile challenge walk over the South Downs Way.  What a challenging and poignant walk it turned out to be. The challenge was the physical effort needed to climb long uphill sections and to walk long distances – averaging 15 miles per day, with the longest day being 19 miles. The poignancy was the sadness that the walk was in memory of my wife, Susan, who died from Alzheimer’s disease in May of this year.

However, the walk was tremendous, the scenery was fabulous and every day was different (you can read more about the route on my blog: https://southdownschallenge.com). William Blake’s famous line, ‘England’s Green and Pleasant land’, in the preface to his poem Milton and the hymn Jerusalem, is said to be inspired by the views. The South Downs are not only green and pleasant, they are also beautiful. The views are amazing and at every turn you can either see the sea, or looking inland, the wonderful countryside towards the North Downs.

What really amazed me was that everybody I met knew someone, either a relative or friend, who had Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. It is so common, and yet, so little is known about how and why it occurs in the first place. That is why I felt my challenge was so important: to raise funds for and awareness of Alzheimer’s Research UK, who are doing fantastic work in researching the causes of the disease hopefully leading to treatments and a cure.

So, thank you to all of you who have supported me and contributed to raising £4500 so far. Much of this is gift aided so the total funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK is just over a tremendous £5000. If you have not yet made a donation and would like to do so, please use my JustGiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-ensor1) or click the Donate button at the top of my website (https://southdownschallenge.com).

Finally, I’m going to continue to support Alzheimer’s Research UK however I can. One way is to form a local group to promote Alzheimer’s Research UK in the local area and raise funds from time to time. If anyone is interested in helping me form such a group or would like me to speak at an organisation interested in my adventures or learning more about Alzheimer’s Research UK, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: davidensor@mac.com or mobile: 07836 613 540.

For now, though thank you all for your support in raising money and helping me achieve my goal of 100 miles of the South Downs Way in seven days!

David Ensor

December 2021 – January 2022