WHEN the Campbell children started plotting for ways to raise
money for the charities linked to their beloved grandparents, they
aimed high. Scaling Mount Everest or swimming the English Channel
made the shortlist before they finally settled on a sponsored walk
from Bristol Cathedral to Gloucester Cathedral, via Bath Abbey.
While involving slightly less travel, the challenge remained a
steep one: to cover 72 miles, Amelia (ten), Archie (nine) and Aggie
(seven) will each have taken about 230,000 steps, twice the
height of Ben Nevis.
The walk took place between 22 and 27 May and involved climbing
to the top of the tower at Bath Abbey. They arrived at Gloucester
Cathedral at at 4.30 p.m. on the last day as the bells chimed. To
date, the three have raised £14,500 for Cancer Research and the
British Heart Foundation.
The idea was conceived 18 months ago after their grandfather,
George Hayter, had a serious heart attack. A few months later, his
wife, Annabel, their grandmother, was diagnosed with a terminal
form of breast cancer. Mr Hayter died after suffering another heart
attack last month.
"This is a huge challenge, bearing in mind their ages (and
length of legs)," their father, Mark Campbell, said, shortly before
setting out with his children.