A Croxley Green resident is set to walk an incredible 968 kilometres from London to Ireland to raise awareness and money for a charity close to his heart.
John Crehan, who has lived in the village for nine years, will be setting off on a trek of more than 950km, or 600 miles, from London to County Tipperary in Ireland alongside his close friend Kevin Webber, starting on April 19.
The pair will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, a charity that funds research to stop prostate cancer killing men, after Kevin was sadly diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer seven years ago.
John and Kevin have already raised more than £7,500 thanks to generous donations from friends, family and colleagues.
The long walk will begin at Prostate Cancer UK’s head office in London, with the friends trekking around 20 miles a day up through England, across to Dublin from Liverpool and then down to the finish in Tipperary.
Speaking about the challenge, John told CroxleyNews: “It is a unique challenge which makes it a difficult one to train for, the only way really is to get out there and do it.”
He added that every penny raised will go straight to the charity, as they are covering all the costs of the trip themselves.
On his fundraising page, John said: “Not long until I set off with my mate Kev to trek 968 kilometres from London to Tipperary. Not just because “it’s a long way to Tipperary” but more so because 968 men die every month from prostate cancer in the UK and more in Ireland too.
“Our aims by doing this is to both spread awareness and also raise a few quid (or euros) to ensure that other families won’t have to go through what Kev’s has in dealing with his incurable prostate cancer. Kev has already outlived his shortest two year prognosis by a total of seven years.
“Kev has told me that other than the doctors, it’s the support of friends and family who have helped get him this far after such devastating news age just 49. I feel humbled that I am doing my bit to help in Kevs eyes.”
To donate to the fundraiser visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tipperary-johnandkev