13:53 Sunday 09 February 2014

Pair seeking help as they trek for charity

Written byROB SMYTH

TWO friends are urging people to become part of a charity trek from John O’Groats to Land’s End which is raising vital funds to pay for a hospice nurse for an entire year.

Paul Ainger and Tim West are to embark upon the challenge to try to raise £20,000 for St Giles Hospice.

The pair will begin the epic challenge – which covers more than 1,000 miles and is expected to take up to two months – in April, and are now asking for people to help them along the way.

Paul, 41, said: “We are entering the home straight now and just wanted to ask people for help.

“Whether it is dipping in their pockets to support us, coming along to walk part of the route with us or helping us find places to stay while we are doing it, it will all help.”

The cash will go towards providing specialist care for people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

He added: “I’m a hairdresser and some of my clients are nurses at St Giles, which is how I came to learn about the hospice.”

The two friends, both from Burton, are keen walkers and well into training for their mammoth expedition, which will see them walking on average 22 miles a day for approximately 60 days.

Tim, 34, said: “We want people to help us raise the money by joining us along the route, whether it be for one mile or 10 miles.

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

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