Partner achievement: walking the coast

“This year has been the making of me”, says Tonbridge Partner Joe Robertson.  “Even with the tough times – I am glad it happened”.  “The biggest thing I have learnt from my walk is not to take things for granted”.

Joe set off on his costal walk on 18 March 2012 and finished it on 22 November 2012.  He tackled some of the most challenging terrains in the country and encountered kindness he had never imagined.

Joe took on the challenge to raise money for Cancer Research and has so far raised around £8,500.  “I would really like to break the £10,000 mark”, he says.

People along the way contributed to his charity efforts, but also offered their homes, food and shelter to him – like Annette who he met in Invergordon.  “I was having a really bad time in Scotland.  The weather was really bad.  But then I met Annette.  She took me in when I was soaked through, took an interest in my story and gave me a room for the night.  She then invited me to her daughter’s wedding later in the year”.

After being granted a year’s career break to enable him to complete his challenge, Joe returns back to Waitrose Tonbridge in February 2013.

Taken from Chronicle:  Volume 72,  21 December 2012

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