CHIEF of Cardiff and Vale UHB Len Richards will walk the 177-mile Offa’s Dyke path over the course of 10 days, for charity, this June.

Mr Richards will set off from Prestatyn on June 23 and walk an average of 18 miles a day for 10 days until he reaches the Sedbury Cliffs, near Chepstow on July 2.

The Offa’s Dyke Path follows the border between England and Wales.

It passes through three ‘areas of outstanding natural beauty’ and eight counties, and crosses the border more than 20 times.

The entire trail has a total ascent of about 28,000 feet; the same as the height of Everest.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Mr Richards is inviting people to join him on Offa’s Dyke for a specific day or the entire walk.

The aim is to promote collaboration, teamwork, and physical activity by modelling the behaviours that are necessary to promote healthy lifestyles.

In conjunction with the Cardiff and Vale local public health team, he will also launch a virtual walking challenge that will run throughout June.

He will raise money for the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity as well as his own charity, Improving Chances.

Both charities do vital work in Cardiff and the Vale and in Uganda and Mr Richards is encouraging others to help him fundraise by setting up their own donation pages online.

But people with a cause close to their own heart, can use this walk as an opportunity to fundraise for that.

His blog will also feature updates of his training, which he started a couple of weeks ago in the gym and then added to by walking to and from UHW in the snow.

Get involved via the challenge’s Facebook page, which will feature updates on how training is going and how you can get involved both in person or virtually.

For details and to follow Mr Richards’ progress visit