B&B Owner Doing His Bit To Raise Cash For Local Hospice

B&B Owner Doing His Bit To Raise Cash For Local Hospice
B&B Owner Doing His Bit To Raise Cash For Local Hospice

, a 71-year-old solicitor and former MP, is doing a sponsored walk of the 79 mile Wolds Way with his miniature Bull terrier Bernard to raise funds for .

Commenting on his fundraiser he said that he will be taking care to observe social distancing rules,  keeping at least six feet six inches from the very few other people currently using the route.

While he adds that he will be returning home each night with the help of his wife Nuala.

Mr Sweeney normally runs , which is the only five-star gold B&B in Hull and East Yorkshire to feature in the Good Hotel Guide and has won numerous awards. 

However, under the present lockdown, is closed and Mr Sweeney’s legal work is also curtailed by Covid 19.

Mr Sweeney, who has been self-isolating at apart from one walk a day, decided that walking the Wolds Way would be a good way of keeping fit while raising money for a good cause.

“I greatly admire the work done by Dove House” Mr Sweeney commented. “Whenever I have Visited Dove House to see clients suffering from a life-limiting illness, I have been impressed by the quality of care provided. Staff and patients alike seem remarkably cheerful under very challenging circumstances and the benefits provided to patients and their families are amazing.”

“Dove House costs over eight million pounds a year to run, and receive very little support from the public purse. At the moment, Dove House has been forced to close all its charity shops, so it is desperately important to support Dove House now.”

“Bernard and I have appreciated how beautifully maintained the Wolds Way is. The excellent kissing gates, attractive signage and complete absence of litter are a credit to those responsible for maintenance and to the thousands of people who enjoy walking the Wolds Way each year.”

“The views are wonderful, even in wet and cloudy weather, and the silence apart from the birdsong in the long dry chalk valleys seems miraculous in the modern age. The thought that the landscape has changed little in millions of years is very soothing.”

“We have seen an abundance of wildflowers and a variety of crops. We have encountered many sheep of different breeds, partridges, hares and even a deer which sprang out in front of us.”

“We stopped for a short while at the abandoned medieval village of Wharram Percy, where I enjoyed reading about the excavations carried out by volunteers between the 1950s and 1990s.”

“We have now almost completed our walk, with just 14.5 miles to do between Sherburn and Filey.  If you can afford it at this difficult time, I would be most grateful if you would sponsor Bernard and me to help Dove House.”

Donations can be made via the following link to mine and Bernard’s JustGiving page:


“I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have already kindly donated, and hope you will all keep well.”

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  1. I appreciate that Mr Sweeney and Bernard are doing something for a very good cause, but is this the right approach? It’s not what I would call essential travel. His wife runs back-up in the car; what happens if, for some reason, the car develops a mechanical fault or has a puncture whilst in North Yorkshire somewhere between Sherburn to Filey? Surely better to do a challenge closer to home i.e.; walk the full perimeter of the Westwood every day. Newbegin House is only 2 minutes from the Westwood. I’m sure I’m not the only one who read this and thought WHAT?

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