Cabbies take trek to Skeggy

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THREE high flying Alfreton cabbies are due to swap their car seats for walking boots to raise money for cancer research.

Taxi firm owner, Mark Anthony, 42, from Charles Street in Leabrooks, is taking on the trek from Riddings to Skegness with two pals on Bank Holiday Monday.

The team plan to make the 84 mile journey in four days.

Family man Mark, who has a wife, Julia and a 17-year-old daughter, said: “They think I’m mad. It’s a bit of a walk and, being taxi drivers, we tend to sit down a lot.

“I’m trying to get as much walking in now as possible - and this week I’ll be picking up some blister cream sand some plasters I think.”

Mark, who owns AAA Taxis, based in Alfreton, says the team of three is raising money in respect of his seriously ill father.

The charities the three taxi drivers, all from the Alfreton area, are raising money for are Cancer Research UK, Pancreatic Cancer UK and When You Wish Upon a Star and the Woodland trust.

His father, now 69, has had an eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer and is currently residing at the Macmillan suite at Royal Derby hospital.

Mark said when his father was diagnosed he was given six months to live, but is continuing to fight on.

Originally the charity walkers were planning a more unusual fundraiser - of paramotoring around the entire country. Paramotors are propellor-powered flying devices that use a parachute canopy as a wing.

To donate to the group, setting off on Monday at 10.30am from the Riddings Community Centre, head to www.markschallenge.co.uk