Tough Challenge for DEA


Sue’s slog to raise cash for charities

11 April 2017

Most of us like to spend our holidays relaxing, but Domestic Energy Assessor Sue Cole will be spending two weeks next month testing her outdoor skills against some of the toughest terrain in the UK – and raising money for good causes along the way.

Sue, who has been a DEA in Worcestershire as long as there have been EPCs, has years of experience behind her in demanding walking, but this must surely be her toughest test yet, and only the experienced are allowed to enter the event.

For up to 14 days in May she and her other half Fred Doodey (left) who runs his own energy efficient door and window business, will be taking on The Great Outdoors Challenge, which will see them tackling everything from peat bogs and rivers to mountain terrain as they walk across Scotland from coast to coast.

The event is organised by The Great Outdoors magazine, and it demands a high level of competence in navigation, camping and cooking in the wild, general hillcraft and survival techniques – as well as the ability to keep up a grueling schedule of trekking for up to 15 miles a day across an unforgiving landscape.

Starting on 12 May, walkers will have up to 15 days to follow a route they have planned, arriving on the east coast anywhere between Fraserburgh and Arbroath.

Said Sue: “Fred and I are trekking from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast, around 180 miles in total over two weeks, backpacking and wild camping in May.

“We have chosen a route including drovers’ tracks and old military roads, peat bogs and hills, but it will be a hardship walk at the mercy of the elements of weather and landscape.”

The charities they have chosen to raise money for during their trek are Prostate Cancer UK and the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven which is aiming to make the new unit one of the best in the UK, providing clinical services, support and assistance over and above what the NHS can offer.

Sue added: “We have friends who have suffered or are suffering from breast cancer or prostate cancer and these charities may benefit any one of us in the future, so please donate as much as you can.

“I am really overwhelmed by what contributors have given to this great cause already.  I keep having to up my target again!  Initially it was £750, then £1,000 and with less than five weeks to go I am aiming to hit the £1,500 mark.”

Sue and Fred’s donations pages are at:

Cash or cheques can also be accepted, with cheques made to either Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven or Prostate Cancer UK and sent to Sue at Blenheim, Netherwood Lane, Crowle, Worcestershire WR7 4AB