AG MACHINERY DEALER TO TACKLE FUND RAISING TREK
Mike Pullin walking for Sue Ryder
Farm machinery dealer Mike Pullin hopes to see something positive come out of the untimely death of his wife earlier this year by undertaking a fund-raising walk for the charity that helped him and his family during the most difficult time of their lives.
But instead of setting out on a simple sponsored walk in the picturesque Malvern Hills close to his P & D Engineering dealership at Bredon in Gloucestershire, Mike has signed up for a Sue Ryder challenge - an arduous six-day trek in the eastern Himalayas.
For someone who does not count walking or rambling as one of his regular pastimes, the 60km (38 mile) route through valleys and forests and along rocky ridges in the Kingdom of Bhutan will be a genuine personal challenge.
“I’ve enjoyed the walks I’ve done to get a bit fitter since signing up for the challenge and also the gym workouts twice a week,” he says. “But I’m under no illusions that it will be as easy to walk 10-15km (6-9 miles) a day over steep mountainous terrain in unpredictable weather at high altitude.”
As a supplier of agricultural equipment, Mike’s professional interest in the small farms, orchards and cultivated farmland of the Paro valley during the first 10km (6 mile) leg will no doubt be a distraction to any discomforts. But thereafter, steep climbs, rocky trails and often slippery ridge paths, plus the impact of altitude while walking at up to 4200 metres above sea level, will no doubt focus the mind on the seriousness of the undertaking.
“The first I knew about this challenge was from a poster in the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice where Penny, my wife and business partner for 36 years, received fantastic care,” says Mike. “The impact the hospice had on me and my family was incredibly touching, and now I feel it’s my turn, to say thank you to the Sue Ryder staff for their hard work and commitment to my family.”
Mike and Penny Pullin at the Royal Three Counties Show where they secured several ‘best stand’ awards
Through sponsorship from family, friends and business associates, Mike hopes to raise at least £4,000 - half the cost of running a hospice for just one day.
He also hopes his efforts will help raise awareness of Sue Ryder, which provides specialised care for people with life-changing conditions either at home or in the seven hospices it operates, and in the five neurological centres for people with conditions affecting the brain and nervous system.
“It’s so important that this organisation raises funds for the vital support and service it provides to families like ours,” says Mike. “So I really hope I get the help to achieve or even exceed my target as I undertake this trek to give something back.”
Donations towards Mike’s ambitious fund-raising effort can be made direct or online through his Just Giving page.