Annie Maw’s Diamond Challenge

July 19, 2016 by Tracy

Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset and DSAA Patron Annie MawAnnie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Patron has begun her 60 mile Tramper Trek Challenge to mark the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  Annie’s mode of transport is her Tramper which is an electric vehicle for people who, like herself are unable to walk.

There will be a 15 mile route in each of the four corners of the county.  The journey began yesterday near Great Elm (Wellow), in BANES and will finish at Glastonbury Abbey, at the end of the week, where countless pilgrims in times gone by, have completed equally challenging journeys.

On the way she will visit Radstock and the outskirts of Frome, the sea front in Weston super Mare, Cheddar, Porlock Post and Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor, Dunster, the West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Bruton and Ditcheat on her way to Glastonbury.

Annie commented by saying: “Somerset is full of energetic people who spend time and effort on all kinds of activities and ideas whose objective is to improve and preserve the special way of life we have in this, the most unique, varied and spectacular of counties.

“Our intention is to show the world what a brave and beautiful county we live in. We would like to raise people's awareness of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and of the Lieutenancy's role in promoting projects like this which were founded by a member of the Royal family who the Lieutenancy represents in each of our counties in the UK. Alongside this purpose, we hope that each of the places we pass through will allow us to publicise the projects and activities which the community is working on at the moment.

“We are proud to be supporting them and to be promoting Somerset, our county.”

Everyone at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance wishes Annie good luck on her journey.  The weather will definitely be a challenge too, given the mini heat wave we seem to be having.   Please come out and support her along the route or follow and comment on Annie’s progress via the DofE Tramper Trek Facebook Page.