Grandfather’s 192 mile charity walk

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A RETIRED grandfather from North Derbyshire is walking 192 miles - from one coast of England to the other - to raise money for Ashgate Hospice.

David Edwards, 65, from Chesterfield, will take two weeks to trek from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, taking in three national parks, the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

He’ll be accompanied on the walk by long-time friend Bill Armstrong, 63, from Radcliffe in Manchester.

David chose to raise money for Ashgate Hospice because they cared for his wife Sue in the days before her death from cancer in 2007.

Since retiring he works as a volunteer at the hospice one day a week.

David said: “The hospice is somewhere that means a lot to me and my family, we saw first hand what a wonderful job they do for people in their dying days and hours. I thought it would be a very suitable memorial to my wife to help Ashgate Hospice continue to provide these irreplaceable services.”

David, a member of North Derbyshire Running Club, has been training for the walk with regular long hikes in the Peak District, but he’s under no illusions about how difficult it will be.

The walk is due to start in Cumbria on Thursday 6th September and he plans to end on the North Sea coast on 20th. His sons Adam and Jonathan will meet up with him along the way to offer their support.

David said: “Doing this walk is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it is going to be a really tough physical challenge, walking up to 20 miles a day. There are also quite a few hills along the way!”

You can help with David’s fundraising effort by donating via his JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/daveandbill-c2c.

For more information on Ashgate Hospice visit their website at www.ashgatehospice.org.