Pickering volunteers raise thousands walking along Hadrian’s Wall

Nusrat Ghani
BEST FOOT FORWARD: The team at Pickering following their walk

The 84-mile walk along the length of Hadrian’s Wall was the idea of David Bartholomew, current Chairman of the Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre in Tunbridge Wells.

The Times reported last month how David wanted to both celebrate a ‘big birthday’ with his daughter Kirsty and also raise money for the charity.

In total, 12 volunteers from Pickering accompanied David and Kirsty along the length of the ancient wall, which was built in AD 122 to defend Roman Britain from the ‘barbarians’ of the north-west frontier.

To celebrate the group’s success in completing the walk, and to raise further money for the charity, Pickering co-founder Polly Taylor and volunteer Angela Mitson both took a dip in the River Tyne on their last day.

David told the Times: “We are pleased to report that the challenge was completed by all, despite numerous blisters, pulled muscles and painful ankles.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support and kindness we have received throughout this challenge – from the backing of local businesses to the generosity of all our sponsors, this has been a very humbling experience.

“The team have shown incredible tenacity in their determination to go the distance and have supported each other, both mentally and physically, throughout the six days away. At some point on the walk the temptation to give in would have been strong, but there is strength in numbers!”

He added that they are still accepting donations for their fund, which at the time of going to press was £13,365.

Details of the Hadrian’s Wall 30-60 Challenge can be found at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com

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