Keith and the Male Trail gang put best foot forward and raise £6,000 for Rowcroft

Male Trail walker

Keith Durbridge - Credit: Submitted

Male Trail walkers

Sean Mercer, Phil Downs and Stuart Loly with Margot - Credit: Submitted

Rowcroft Hospice is saying a million thanks to the 107 men who took part in its ‘Male Trail’ fundraising walk.

The event over the weekend of June 19 and 20 June has raised over £6,000 to care for local patients with life-limiting illnesses -  and funds are still coming in.

Men took part ‘virtually’ with friends and family, walking a route of their choice and calling in to participating local rugby clubs for a free pint courtesy of Bays Brewery.

 Male Trail team

TEAM CENTEK - Phil Hayes, Szymon Kolata, Kevin Dainty, Tom Cole and Rob Poulton. - Credit: Submitted

Keith Durbridge (72) from Paignton takes part in the Male Trail each year to support Rowcroft. The charity is a cause close to his heart as his late wife Judith was cared for by the Hospice at Home team before she passed away in 2014. Keith has been busy raising money from friends, family and local businesses. So far, he has raised nearly £2500, with money still coming in.

Male Trail team

'Beers for Barrie' team - Jack Mullen, Will Mullen, Steve Figg, Will Thornton, Jared Singleton, George Davies, Pete Davies, James Walters, Ben Hargreaves - Credit: Submitted

He says: ""I've found it very satisfying taking part in the Male Trail. For me it's a way of giving something back to Rowcroft for the care they gave to Judith and the family.

"Rowcroft's Hospice at Home Team were there for us when we needed them and they were so supportive. My wife didn't like hospitals, and it was her wish to be cared for at home so Rowcroft enabled her to fulfil this wish. After Judith died, my daughter also benefited from some bereavement support from Rowcroft.”

Team for All -Trevor Bolton, Dave James, Paul Jeffreys and Callum Mounce-Jeffreys 

Team for All -Trevor Bolton, Dave James, Paul Jeffreys and Callum Mounce-Jeffreys - Credit: Submitted

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Keith's 13-mile walk on June 19  took him from Paignton to Brixham and back. Along the way, he stopped in various pubs and cafes and continued to raise sponsorship for his cause.

Keith is an avid walker, finding it a great way to relax and unwind. He says that the exercise and fresh air helps him to cope better with his bereavement.

Male Trail team

Torbay to Totnes and New Lion Brewery team with Billy Kidd Back Row - Carl Pallas, Alistair Hailey, Paul Spencer, Matt Badman, Dean Cartwright, Shaun Couling - Credit: Submitted

He says: "Walking is great for mind and body, and it certainly helps me. My average number of steps per year is seven million.

Male Trail team

The Rambling FoBLs’ (Friends of Brixham Library) - Credit: Submitted

"I'm also a great believer in talking to others about bereavement. It really helps, especially for men - who usually clam up, but it's so important to let those feelings out and share them.


Male Trail team

Sean Mears, Ian Whittaker, Martin Perriam, Brian Perriam - Credit: Submitted

"I'd really like to thank all the wonderful local businesses in Brixham and Paignton who supported me, including The Crown and Anchor, The Sprat and Mackerel, The Burton, The Torbay Inn, Henry's Bar, Casey's Cafe, Doctor Bump, Brixham garage, and the Holiday Shop and Tearoom at Goodrington."

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Nick Coffey raising a beer - Credit: Submitted

A Team For All also took part. Trevor Bolton, Dave James, Paul Jeffreys and Callum Mounce-Jeffreys started at around 1015am at Wetherspoons in Newton Abbot with a hearty breakfast,.

Male trail walker

Tisha Whyte - Credit: Submitted

They then walked via Kingskerswell, Torre and Torquay town centre and ended up at Torquay Rugby Club around 4:15pm where they had a well earned final pint, having covered just over 16 kilometres.

Paul said: "We had a great day and are already making plans for next year when we hope our team will grow."

Rowcroft Hospice would also like to say a big thank you to the participating rugby clubs at Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Totnes and to sponsors WBW Solicitors, Little Ant Insurance and Bays Brewery for supporting The Male Trail this year.

Male Trail walkers

Sean Mercer, Phil Downs and Stuart Loly with Margot - Credit: Submitted