Neil and friends put best foot forward for gruelling trek

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A Central England Co-operative store manager is getting ready to swap his work shoes for his walking boots as he gets set to undertake a 100-mile sponsored walk for two good causes.

Neil Holmes, who works at the Littlemoor Food Store in Chesterfield, will join forces with two friends Nicholas Moran and Derek Brough, to trek from Skegness to Chesterfield over six days in August.

The trio will be stopping off along the way at East Kirkby, Woodhall Spa, Lincoln, Trentfield, and Clumber Park as they bid to raise £500 for The Co-op’s corporate charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children and Vasculitis UK.

Neil, 34, said: “I have a strong walking background and suggested the trek as more of a social rather than a fund-raising event at first.

“The idea then developed and we decided to raise funds for charities as we quickly realised that what we are taking on would be quite a challenge.

“Newlife is a fantastic charity and although I have no personal or social links to the charity I believe very strongly in its values.”

The link-up between The Co-op and Newlife has already raised over £1 million so far.

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