As many of you are aware, Denis Rawe had a severe fall in early December in his Stratford home. His mishap resulted in many broken ribs.

Denis is a long-time Avon Trail member and has spent many hours over the years on trail construction. Denis sent this letter on the 30th of December to Bernard Goward.

Hi Bernard,

Thanks again for the quick visits to me in the trauma ward of Victoria Hospital London paid by yourself, Donna, and others following my fall and injury. It took me a long time to realize the gravity of my mishap – mainly because I do not have the slightest inkling of the incident. However, I quickly learned of the concern of my wife, family and friends and am deeply moved. That happened on the 7th of December. My half dozen broken ribs have rejoined each other, and the severe bruises have mellowed as the hands full of Tylenol kept me oblivious to the pain. It will be a few days before I can tend to the trail.

Would you forward this email, my thanks and appreciation to all hiking members and friends who have sent cards, prayers and well wishes? Tell then that I am repairing well thank you and expect to be back on the trails by the time gardening season starts.

Finally, please accept this sincere wish from me to everyone for a New Year of peace and great hiking.

Yours truly

… Denis

On behalf of all members, we wish Denis all the best for a full and rapid recovery.

Tom Kimber Newsletter editor