It’s the morning after the night before here at Parkman George HQ and we are all a little bit overwhelmed and in awe. The PG Pack have collectively raised £1200 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Considering we thought £250 was ambitious, it’s an amazing achievement by the whole team.
We completed our 5km WALK IT in just over an hour last night. It was a beautiful evening, thank goodness! After the weather we have had in Somerset recently, we were worried we’d have to postpone. It’s been a miserable week of thunderstorms and downpours of rain, we were very lucky to see blue skies.
Due to the current COVID restrictions, we were sadly a pack member down. Lexi and her mummy couldn’t be with us, but they will be completing their WALK IT later in the week. In an ever-changing world it amazes us how everyone pulls together and adapts their plans to make it work. Luckily, our favourite photographer Faith came along to capture our pack living their best lives.
We are very fortunate here in Somerset to have so many options for the location of our WALK IT for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. We chose Berrow beach with its 6 mile stretch of sand and mudflats between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Down. The beach here is flat and sandy with gorgeous views over to West Somerset and beyond.
We began our journey just before the lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea and walked towards Brean Down. The pond of sea water at the bottom of the lighthouse was far too tempting for Halo and Louie who both ended up having a good paddle! Both would have happily stayed there and waited for us until the return journey. After finally getting them out of the water we picked up a good pace. Of course, Louie was quite happy to show us how he takes care of himself with a good sand bath before dashing off to find more water.
Reuben and Halo were so pleased to see each other. Over the years these two have developed a lovely friendship and are so gentle with each other. We think Halo did a great job of cheering Rueben up as Shiloh has been poorly and had to stay at home to rest up. Reuben had his activity monitor on and true to form he clocked up 11km!
On the return journey we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the sunset through broken cloud. If it had been a clear evening it would have been cracking: the beach faces west and is known for its beautiful sunsets. Clearly this didn’t interest Louie, who was getting bored – he’d completed a full sweep of the beach and wanted to go off and explore the dunes. He does like an adventure that boy. Poor Frank was even bowled over by him a few times, when all he wanted to do was reach the finish line! Reuben proved a good running mate though for Louie.
As the lighthouse came back into view, the delicious smell of sausages cooking on the BBQ wafted over. Mr Parkman was back at base camp making sure a full welfare station was ready for when we got back. Water for the PG Pack, a beer for each of the humans, along with some expertly cooked hotdogs! Spoiled all round…
To everyone who has sponsored us, thank you so very much. We apologise if we haven’t been able to thank you in person, but please know that we are extremely grateful for all the donations to this amazing cause. And do not worry; if you wanted to donate and haven’t yet been able to, our Just Giving page is still open and active for any last-minute contributions.