Kieran, 16, embarks on 300-mile walk

Kiearn Tonge practices for his 300-mile walk along the Cornwall coast.
Kiearn Tonge practices for his 300-mile walk along the Cornwall coast.

An Ilkeston teenager is embarking on an epic walk along the coast of Cornwall to raise funds for an anti-child abuse charity.

Sports science student Kieran Tonge, 16, is walking 300 miles in 15 days – an impressive 20 miles a day – in aid of Rock Against Child Pornography and Abuse UK – setting off this Sunday.

Kieran, who works at a rock radio station, as a greenkeeper at Morley Hayes and as a roadie for local rock band Eva Plays Dead, is embarking on the gruelling walk with Dave Nicholls, 31, from Cornwall and his dad John Nicholls, 63.

“I am doing this to raise money for the charity that we support through the radio show Noize Level Critical, and also to be able to do it with someone else who is a keen musician, walker and friend made the decision a no-brainer,” said Kieran, who is hoping his Duke of Edinburgh and National Orienteering awards will help him along the way.

“So there we have it, 300 miles in 15 days, I keep saying it will be easy but as you all know Cornwall is a rough old terrain and can bite back. Wish us luck!”

The charity offers advice and help to victims and families of child abuse.

They have already raised more than £500 but hope for more. Donate via www.justgiving.com/David-Nicholls3.