Posted 5 February 2013 by Andrew Gardner
This month, adventurer Tom Brabham plans to set out on a fund-raising walk round the British coastline. The 22-year-old graphic designer from Hailsham, East Sussex, starts from Eastbourne Pier on 5th February on his 7,000-mile trek, which he estimates will take 10 months. It's all in aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance and he hopes to raise £3,000 - there's a Justgiving page if you'd like to sponsor him.
Tom will be walking in a clockwise direction and his route will take in some of Sussex's well-known tourist attractions, such as the Seven Sisters near the start of the route, Chichester Harbour in West Sussex and parts of the South Downs Way; he's aiming to stick to the coast as much as possible, although there will inevitably be places where he has to detour inland a bit. He's planning to camp out whenever he can and will be carrying all the equipment he needs - no armies of support vehicles - which sounds like a pretty chilly prospect at this time of year, so I suspect that any offers of budget or free accommodation en route would be gratefully received.
Apart from the aim of raising funds for the Air Ambulance - which Tom, as a keen motorcyclist, knows provides a vital service - he's looking forward to meeting lots of different people en route and will welcome those who'd like to join him for stretches of it. So if you're staying in Sussex during February, do pull on your walking boots, venture out of your holiday accommodation and look out for this intrepid lad. And if you're visiting Sussex later in the year, you might well catch up with him in the eastern extremes of East Sussex towards the end of his journey. I am sure he'll have some tales to tell by then!