Charity walk to ‘Skeg’ raises £4,000

Skegness charity walk
Skegness charity walk

An Ilkeston man was among an intrepid group who completed a gruelling 83-mile charity walk to Skegness.

David Vernon, 45, was joined by brothers Mark Holmes, 16, of Eastwood, Sean Pickworth, 29, of Heanor, and brother-in-law Andrew Kennedy, 27, also of Heanor.

They completed the challenge in just 34 hours as planned.

The hike to the seaside resort was to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

The group set off from Heanor one minute after midnight and averaged five miles an hour to include food and drink stops. They raised an enormous £4,000 in sponsorship.

Sean, said it was ‘tough but brilliant’. “I loved it – except for the 12 blisters I got!” he said. “It was a lot harder than expected but we all got through it because of the support we were giving each other.

“When we reached the end it was an amazing feeling. A milestone.”

The brothers decided to raise money for Macmillan because they had family that had suffered cancer.

Sean said: “Macmillan is a charity close to everyone’s heart. They do a fantastic job, not only for the cancer sufferers but also for their families.

“Our family always went on holiday to Skegness so it was the perfect place to go to remember those that we’ve lost”

Training for the challenge included several 50-mile walks, regular ten-mile walks and two hours in the gym every day.

The brothers are hosting a charity night on September 20, where all the proceeds will be added to their total.

The ‘evening of mediumship’ will be held at Stepping Stones in Heanor and will start at 6.30pm. Call 07880 734 309.
Pictured are the group after arriving in Skegness.