A man completed a 2250-mile walk around the English coastline for the charity Grief Encounter.


A man completed a 2250-mile trek around the English coastline for the charity Grief Encounter.

A man completed a 2250-mile trek around the English coastline for the charity Grief Encounter.

WALKING nearly 20 miles per day while carrying 16 kilograms isn’t everyone’s idea of a career break.

The aches and pains, according to Tim Williams, are worth it when you’re doing it for a cause that means a lot to you.

Tim, 36, finished a 2250-mile walk around the English coast today in support of Grief Encounter, a children’s and young adult bereavement charity.

Tim, who lost his father when he was 12, believes that if the charity had existed when he was younger, it would have aided him greatly.

“I’m overjoyed to have arrived at the Scottish border; it’s been a fantastic journey exploring England from the sea,” he said.

The weather has been kind to me in Northumberland over the last few days, and a sunrise walk on Holy Island was one of the highlights of my trip.

It’s been amazing to raise money for such a worthy cause while also meeting so many wonderful people.”

David, Tim’s father, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Esh, near Durham, at the age of 53.

“On that particular day, June 11th, 1998, my brother and I were the only ones in the house.”

I’d gotten up late for school and dashed into his room, where I found him.

“I was terrified when I noticed he wasn’t breathing,” he says.

Because he was so young and unable to process what had happened, he kept all of his emotions inside for years.

“I didn’t think about it, don’t talk about it, and don’t tell anyone.”

I didn’t know how I’d get through it.

The term “mental health” was rarely used in the 1990s.

It was just a stiff upper lip, so don’t worry about it.

“My mother Susanna was working in London at the time.”

She’d work from Monday to Friday and then spend the weekends in the North East.

“We moved to the south three months later, and I started teaching at a new school near London.”

“My mother was responsible for four children on her own.”

At the time, my sisters Verity and Helena were 14 and 17, respectively, and my brother Mickey was ten years old.”

Tim is passionate about Grief Encounter’s work, and his walk, which began on May 17 in Cumbria and ended near Berwick on Tweed on November 20, will raise a significant amount of money for them.

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