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Charity trek pair put feet up after 900 mile effort

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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TWO friends from Burton are enjoying a well-earned rest after completing a mammoth 900-mile trek to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Burton-based business owners Tim West, 35, and Paul Ainger, 41, took part in the gruelling charity trek from John O’ Groats to Land’s End on foot in a bid to raise cash to help pay for a St Giles Hospice nurse for a whole year.

Now, after 48 days of walking, 10 pairs of socks and just two roadside arguments, the pair are getting set to continue their efforts under the guise of ‘45degreeswest’ and undertake more charity challenges in the future.

The pair said: “The walk may be over but this is just the beginning of 45degreeswest.

“Much love and our eternal thanks.”

The pair carried packs weighing 28kg for every single day of their trek, with the longest walking day being 31 miles and the shortest 12.

They estimate they consumed 8,358 Percy Pigs sweets, used endless tubs of Vaseline and ate countless Full English breakfasts.

Mr Ainger, a former volunteer at the hospice, said: “I’m a hairdresser and some of my clients are nurses at St Giles, which is how I came to learn about the hospice.

“One nurse can make such a huge difference to so many people’s lives so we thought we’d target raising the cash the hospice has to find to provide that care.”

Mr West said: “The walk is really hard work but it’s a great cause. We’ve been touched by the kindness and support of all the people we’ve met along the way, but we really need local people to get behind us and donate to help us reach our target.”

To find out more about Tim and Paul’s charity walk or to make a donation to their fund, visit http://www.justgiving.com/45degswest or email 45degswest@gmail.com

The pair began their walk in April.

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