Pair step up to coast challenge for Kadyn
11:50am Friday 15th June 2012 in Milford Haven
HEAVY rain and high winds forced two Neyland men to take a short break from their coastal path trek in aid of Meningitis UK last week - but they were back to it as soon as conditions improved.
William Jones, grandfather, or Bampi, of Kadyn Busby, who died suddenly of meningococcal septicaemia on Christmas Day, and family friend Dickie Davis are walking the full 186 miles of Pembrokeshire’s coast path to raise funds and awareness of the disease.
William, aged 58, and Dickie, aged 67, set off on Bampi’s Coastal Walk from Poppit Sands on June 2 and had made it to Broad Haven, camping on their way – even on top of a cliff one night – on Thursday, June 7, before the bad weather stopped them in their tracks.
They were also supported by generous locals, including the former mayor of Fishguard, Councillor Mike Lloyd, who put them up for a night, and campsites letting them stay for free.
Dickie, who runs the Forresters Arms in Neyland, said: “The people we have met have been unbelievable.
We’ve been handing out awareness cards for meningitis wherever we go.”
Kadyn’s mother Nikki Busby added: “It’s amazing, considering it’s been decided in a pub because William doesn’t want to jump out of a plane, and their age, for them to do such a walk.”
Other family members will take part in a sky dive in August.
The pair have raised more than £1,500 with sponsorship, the sale of a Munster rugby shirt for £250 and march funding up to £500 from Valero.
To sponsor Dickie and William visit www.meningitisuk.
tributefunds.com/ fund/Bampi’s+Coastal+ Trek/showfund.