"Healthy Heart" AT Hike

Dear Reader and Potential Donor

My name is Ivor Wood and I am walking the Appalachian Trail (AT) under the trailname 'Stumbledwarf'. The AT is the longest marked footpath in the world. The record for completing this trail that ascends 16 times the height of Mt Everest over its length of 2189.2 miles (it changes every year) was set in 2015 at a few hours over 46 days – I will look to complete my walk with charitable support from well-wishers and friends in the acceptable time of 5 - 6 months. Visit www.appalachiantrail.org for a greater insight to this challenge.

I spent the first years of my working life in the frontline army, GLOSTER, having joined as a sixteen year old boy soldier. I left 33 years later as a Major (QM). On leaving the army I continued my working life keeping others out of harm’s way. Retiring at 60 will be a person that has worked every single day of his working life “man and boy”

I had a Triple Heart Bypass Operation in 2012 and ran my first mile 2 weeks after leaving hospital; it saw this as a ‘make’ or ‘break’ moment and, being here, in a very healthy state, 5 or so years on, it was clearly a ‘make’ moment: I was back at work as soon as I could find an insurer.

The British Heart Foundation was behind my 55 year rejuvenation and I vowed to give them something in return. This organisation works ceaselessly to educate, fix and rehabilitate needy individuals from all walks of life suffering from a plethora of ailments. They have educated, fixed and rejuvenated me and for that I will be eternally grateful.

In order to meet my challenge I came to the greater pool of humanity to assist me in raising the funds to get across the start line. Together we have have now got there.  The rest is just a "walk in the woods" as they say and I will do that, with your support. Please get behind me and start raising some serious cash for the BHF. They are an international organisation, despite the name and their effort know no boundaries. Let our efforts know no boundaries either. Please help me get past the target figure by  advertising our cause on the notice board at work, your social media sites, through your friends and family and your Herculean effort. Thank you to all in anticipation of your further support and efforts

Ivor Wood.
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Ivor Wood 
Clacton-on-Sea, East of England, United Kingdom