A team of six take on the Cotswold Way for GDA

A team of six take on the Cotswold Way for GDA

After months of planning and training a team of six GDA supporters set off at 10.30am from Bath Abbey on Saturday 19th October, ready to take on the Cotswold Way path in aid of GDA.

The Cotswold Way is a National Trail that journey's over 100 miles between the city of Bath and the market town of Chipping Campden, taking in a number of iconic Cotswold landmarks along the way such as Sudeley Castle, Hailes Abbey and Broadway Tower.

Despite the torrent of rain that had fallen over the days before the challenge started, the challenge itself remained relatively dry giving the team an array of stunning views along the way. Mud though, well there was lots of mud! Along with an unexpected route closure and a 'forgetting walking boots' incident, the challenge went smoothly and the team reached Chipping Campden at 6.30pm on the Sunday evening, all extremely tired and achy but elated to have completed their epic challenge.

The team have so far raised over £1,900 for GDA after hosting a number of fundraising events in the months leading up to the challenge, as well as encouraging family and friends to sponsors them more recently.

James Banks, one the Cotswold Way team said "Deafness is something that's really important to everyone on the Cotswold Waysters team. Deaf people and people with a hearing loss are unique, wonderful human beings with the same needs, wants and potential as every other person. GDA has been helping deaf people achieve their potential for 100 years - we want this work to continue for another 100 years so we decided to take on the Cotswold Way challenge to raise much needed funds awareness for the charity"

James continued "This challenge was exciting, fun, painful and amazing! After my second night talk walk, where we got lost in the dark, had to battle our way through a hazel thicket, heard eeerie forest noises and eyes glowing in the dark, I returned to base camp utterly exhausted and really thought about waving the white flag. But after two hours sleep and the encouragement and energy of all the supporters out there, I really felt I needed to step up and crack on. It was a brilliant experience and all the more brilliant for the support and friendship around me. Definitely something I'll remember for the rest of my days"

If you've been inspired by our team and would like to take on the Cotswold Way or another challenge in aid of GDA, why not have a look at our EVENTS page for some challenge ideas. In June 2020, we'll be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge - click here for more information on that, or email us at event@gda.org.uk.

Watch a short video of the Cotswold Way challenge here.