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Campaigner set to walk across Wales in one day

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

26/06/13 Pic of Ian Leech - His home in branston - got to get address Ian Leech and his signed Olympic Torch

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A CHARITY campaigner has revealed that he going to try to walk across Wales in a single day in a bid to raise money for a fund set up in his memory of his daughter.

Ian Leech (pictured), of Branston, will be lacing up his walking boots to attempt the 42-mile challenge to raise money for Mel’s Tribute Fund and the Lymphoma Association.

The fund was launched following the tragic death of 20-year-old Melissa Leech, who died in 2008 less than a year after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Mr Leech (pictured), who will be joined by a close friend and his brother-in-law on the trip in June, told the Mail he was ‘looking forward’ to his latest challenge.

He said: “This is something that I started looking at a few months ago and I was finally persuaded to do it by my friend Nicky Marck, who has ridden with me on several charity bike rides in memory of Mel, and so I felt duty bound that I had to accept.

“I was then speaking about it with my brother-in-law, Ray Barks, and he seemed up for it, so we signed up and we have all been accepted to take part on Saturday, June 21.

“I will have to start upping my walk training but I believe the hard work is in the preparation and getting the right footwear. “I will also be doing several bike rides and this will help strengthen my legs and feet.

“It is a different kind of challenge to what I am used to but I can’t wait to get started. We will all try our very best to complete the challenge.”

The walk will begin in Glandyfi and end at The Anchor pub, just over the Welsh border in Shropshire.

Last year the Mail reported how the fund set up in memory of Mel had smashed through the £30,000 barrier thanks to various events.

More information about Mr Leech is available online at mad4mel.co.uk

Anyone wishing to donate towards his latest challenge can head online to http://www.justgiving.com/walkingacrosswales

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