A man from Berkhamsted has raised almost £9,000 for charity so far on his 1,100-mile walk from Lands’ End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland.
Nick Heath Nordic walk, in aid of The Hospice of St Francis (HoSF), Mind and Parkinson’s UK, started in May and he has so far covered around 600 miles.
Nick visited HoSF in Berkhamsted to meet some of their team at the beginning of June and, on a Facebook live stream, he said: “I continue to feel overwhelmed by all of your messages of encouragement, and for your astounding generosity to the charities. My sincere thanks to everyone for your huge support.”
He is pictured above with the nurses he met during his HoSF visit.
With the ambition to complete this challenge within 60 walking days, Nick updates his blog every evening with picturesque views and a brief description of each.
He has so far raised £8,899 including Gift Aid, smashing his £6k target.
Explaining his reasons for supporting the charities, he said: “Locally, The HoSF has a strong ethos based around getting end of life care right for their many patients and families – my wife is part of their team whose detailed thought and care is reflected throughout their day-to-day work.
“Parkinson’s UK not only supports research into treatments of the disease but also strives to change attitudes towards the condition. I have close friends who have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, and anything I can do to support their cause through this walk I offer willingly.
“I have first-hand experience of Mind, having suffered myself from anxiety – their service was there when I needed it. The opportunity to give some support back to Mind means a lot to me.”
Keep up to date with Nick’s progress and donate to his fundraiser by visiting his blog: letjog.co.uk/blog/