Fifty-three-year-old Paul Miller, from Cornwall, has bid to walk 100 miles non-stop to raise money for charity.
On Friday the 29th of June this year, Paul is going to be walking 100 miles along the South West Coast Path in 48 hours. His journey will start off at Carbis Bay in St Ives and will take him all the way down and around the beautiful coasts of Cornwall to Swanpool beach, Falmouth – where he will be concluding his walk on the 1st of July.
Paul was born in Falmouth and grew up to serve in the HM Forces for twelve years – he now works in a local Rowe’s bakery. With a passion for the great outdoors, he is a volunteer for the South West Coast Path Association, a charitable incorporated organisation set up in 1973 which aims to, “Promote the interests of the users of the South West Coastal Path,” the longest National trail, measuring at 630 miles from start to finish.
In preparation, Paul trains on a daily basis, whether that be in the gym or out on the coastal path walking. It is clear he is putting in the effort to tackle the non-stop trail. The drive behind the walk comes from a personal loss of a good friend and the plans for the money are going to a cause that is close to his heart.
He said, “I am doing this solo walk to raise money for the Lowen Ward at Treliske Hospital. [This is] where my friend, Donna Jane Andrew was being treated for cancer last year before she sadly passed away, just before Christmas.” The Lowen Ward specialises in looking after haematology, oncology and palliative patients, with a range of specialist nurses who are there to provide excellent care and support to their patients.
When talking about what the Lowen ward means to him, Paul said, “[It] means so much to me as my friend was diagnosed with cancer last year, and she stayed in that ward for about six months. Her condition worsened and was told that there was nothing more that could be done for her. Donna went back home and sadly passed away a couple of weeks later.” She was only 50 years old.
Paul commended the staff for their kind and caring ways and the brilliant job they were able to do. He said, “I would like to put the money I raise towards any new equipment that the ward requires.” Although he does not have a target set for the amount of money he would like to raise, Paul has told Truthfal that as long as he is able to raise something, he will be happy.
“At the end of the day, every penny they receive helps towards something on the ward.”