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Total raised so far


£2,475.00 of £2,500 target +£482.50 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

2 months ago

Liz and Des


Well done.

3 months ago

Paul Urmston

£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Janet!

3 months ago

John Hughes

£75.00 + £18.75 Gift Aid

Well done both - you will meet the target I am sure .Good luck - John and Carol

4 months ago


£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Well done Julia and Jan.

4 months ago

Richard Hodson

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Julia, fantastic work!

4 months ago

Dave and Sarah

£15.00 + £3.75 Gift Aid

Well done on completing your walk.

4 months ago

Sheila and Pam ( book club )

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

well done Julia and Jan for finishing the 102 mile walk.

4 months ago

Buckinghamshire Grots

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

4 months ago

Steve & Val


Well done on completing the Heart of England walk!

4 months ago


£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid

Julia Cooper and Jan Grotefeld are raising money for ST PAUL'S HOSTEL

100 Mile Challenge

Event dates: 2nd June 2021 – 12th September 2021

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Our story

To celebrate being out and about at last, Jan and I are planning to walk the 102 mile ‘Heart of England’ way which stretches from Cannock Chase to Bourton on the Water. It will be more a marathon than a sprint. We are doing this in stages over the next few months to raise funds for St. Paul’s Hostel in Worcester.

The hostel’s mission is to help people live through homelessness in order that they have a place where they belong. You will find full details of all their valuable work on It provides a wonderful service in Worcester and we hope that you will be able to help us raise some funds to support it.

Many thanks

Julia Cooper and Jan Grotefeld.

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Our updates

4 months ago

Wednesday September 1st. Wow, we made it! We crossed the River Windrush in Bourton on the Water just before midday having had another lovely morning’s walk from Donnington brewery.

The final six miles took us through Upper and Lower Swell and the Slaughters- all beautiful Cotswold villages. The HOEW is a wonderful, varied walk which we would thoroughly recommend to anyone. A huge thank you to all the friends and relatives who have helped us raise over £2000 for St. Paul’s, particularly those anonymous donors who we have not been able to thank personally.

It’s been great having Val Hawley and Margaret Hardy with us for some of the final sections and we’re both a bit sorry to have reached the end of the walk. Ah well, we’ll just have to start planning the next one!

4 months ago

Wednesday August 25th We set off from Blockley up and over what the guide book called ‘Our last summit’ which was also the watershed between the Avon and the Thames- downhill from here on? Wishful thinking! We soon passed Batsford Arboretum and walked along their drive to Bourton on the Hill, turning left along the side of the ridge to Longborough. We had a good view of Sezincote but didn’t spot Longborough Opera House- trees too leafy. A drink in the garden at The Coach and Horses in Longborough, another gem (we could certainly write a Good Pub Gardens Guide for this walk). We had one last stretch to do and finished just above Donnington Brewery - 96 miles down, only 6 to go.

4 months ago

Wednesday August 18th Another sunny day, we have been so lucky with the weather so far. We set off across the fields towards Chipping Campden and then Broad Campden. On the way we passed the Belgian Soldier Memorial - in 1917 a Belgian soldier carved an outline on a tree trunk which is still really clear over 100 years later. We walked over the Campden rail tunnel - anyone who has travelled from Worcester up to Paddington will know it. The building of the tunnel was pretty eventful. When Brunel tried to sack the contractors for doing a bad job they barricaded themselves in the tunnel and refused to leave. Brunel turned up with his own workforce and there was a pitched battle with over 300 men to regain the tunnel. He won and the tunnel was duly completed on time- still in use today.

Lots of up and down now that we have reached the Cotswolds. It was a clear day and the views were stunning. As we neared Blockley we did a very long gradual downhill but, just as we thought we’d arrived, there was one more really steep hill to cope with. Never mind- not long before we were downing a drink at the Great Western Hotel in Blockley.

5 months ago

Wednesday August 4th. Today we walked from Dorsington to Mickleton. The weather forecast was dodgy but it turned out to be a glorious day, hot and sunny with a clear blue sky. Some parts were very overgrown, impassable in one place, but generally it was lovely walking through meadows and cornfields. Superb views across to Bredon and the Malverns. We met a lovely couple Ally and Denise, also walking HOEW but the big difference was that they started last Friday whereas we started on June 2nd. Still, no matter, we all finished the day with a drink in the garden at The Kings Arms and compared notes over HS2, parrots and angry racehorses. 84 down only 18 to go!

5 months ago

Wednesday July 28th We walked backwards today, from Dorsington to Wixford. It was because parking was tricky in Dorsington but, happy days, it meant that we could visit the Fish again. It was easy walking, mainly on lanes or well used paths. We walked though the stubble in a couple of corn fields, strange to think that we walked through green wheat at the beginning of the walk up in Staffordshire and now it’s ripe and being harvested. Through Barton, a village with beautiful thatched cottages, and along the Avon to Bidford. Over the bridge and up through the town towards Broom. This was the first day on the walk where we have needed our waterproofs but it was nothing much. We arrived back at The Fish where we sat in the sunshine by the river for our usual well earned drink and were well on our way home before the heavens opened. 77 down only 25 to go.

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