Richard’s Parish Walk

Richard Rollings

PEME is helping Richard Rollings raise money for the British Heart Foundation by sponsoring his valiant attempt to complete the infamous Parish Walk on the Isle of Man.

The Parish Walk  is a walking race that takes place on the Isle of Man and is so called because the route passes through all of the island parishes, a total distance of 85 miles (137 km). Originally, walkers had to touch the door of each of the seventeen parish churches, but nowadays electronic timing chips are worn. A time limit of 24 hours is given, and there are cut-off times for reaching each stage.

Why is he doing it? – 5 Years ago, out of the blue and at the age of 42, Richard’s wife had a heart attack. After being admitted to hospital she suffered another attack and was then admitted to Papworth Hospital for 3 stents to be fitted. During her rehabilitation, she received lots of support from The British Heart Foundation as she struggled to come to terms with why it had happened to her because she led a healthy lifestyle and was too young to have had a heart attack.

Richard said “I wanted to thank the British Heart Foundation for the support they have given to my family but I have never done anything remotely like this before.  Until 15 months ago, I did very little exercise but realised that I needed to do something about my lifestyle as I was overweight. I had heard of The Parish Walk over in the Isle of Man a few years ago, so I decided to enter it and now I am 4 stone lighter, I think I can complete the 85 miles within the 24 hour limit. The British Heart Foundation has halved the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people still lose their lives. It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the British Heart Foundation can create new treatments and cures. Every pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my target. Thanks!”

If you want to sponsor Richard and help this fantastic cause please click on this Link