17 Aug Becky Bettesworth launches 60 at 60 walking challenge
Devon artist Becky Bettesworth has launched South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s 60th anniversary programme fundraising initiative at Berry Head Nature Reserve Brixham.
The protected landscape was designated on 2nd August 1960 and will celebrate its anniversary through a wide ranging programme including 60 at 60 – to help Young Carers in Devon get out and enjoy activities on and near the fabulous coastline between Berry Head near Brixham and Jennycliff near Plymouth.
Becky Bettesworth Commented ““ I am thrilled to officially launch the AONBs campaign encouraging more people to walk the S W Coast Path raising money for this fantastic cause. The initiative will benefit both the fund raisers and the young carers as spending time outside in this special landscape is so beneficial to mental and physical wellbeing especially after the recent months of lockdown. It is a privilege to be celebrating and promoting this special landscape which gives me inspiration for my artwork every day”
South Devon AONB is asking people to get sponsored to walk the 60 miles of the South West Coast Path in the AONB in its 60th year between now and the end of April 2021. They can do this in several stages as a family, team of friends or as an individual. For further information on how to sign up for the challenge please go to https://www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/60at60/
The fundraising is to take 60 young carers for days out on the beautiful coast of South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty during June and July 2021 to picnic, explore, play and have a go at activities including canoeing, surfing and snorkelling. They will have a wonderful day making brilliant memories, as a recognition for the amazing work they do for their families. The Unit will be working with Devon Young Carers and local outdoor activity organisations, as well as the South West Coast Path
Liz Smith Manager of Devon Young Carers said “Young carers in Devon may live near coastal paths, beaches and beautiful countryside but are often unable to access these due to their caring role. Many families do not have transport or are unable due to mobility to access these areas all around us. Furthermore many young carers don’t know these exist due to their isolation so wouldn’t know to ask to visit. With this in mind it would be an amazing opportunity to be able to offer young carers a chance to have a break from their caring role in an AONB, to walk, to talk, to admire the views and just to be. Given these difficult times many young carers have become more isolated and as a service Devon Young Carers would like to help reduce this isolation and offer young carers the chance to access activities on offer.”
Walks can be done as part of a team or individual , walking sections or the whole 60 miles. Download walks from the AONB walks pages or you can see sections on the South West Coast Path website. You can set up your own fundraising page or pay your donations in through our 60 at 60 team one. Just Giving South Devon 60at60 . All of the funds raised will be used to take the Young Carers out on their Coastal fun days.
The AONB team along with members of the South West Coast Path Team and volunteers have already walking the first five miles from Elberry Common to Berry Head. Roger English Manger of The South Devon AONB Unit commented “The 60 miles of Coast Path in South Devon AONB is a glorious part of our designated National Landscape. We hope that lots of people are inspired to join us in raising money for this fantastic cause whilst appreciating some of the most iconic views in the land.”