Gruelling trek for charity nets £4,000

Skegness charity walk
Skegness charity walk

Two Heanor men was among an intrepid group who completed a gruelling 83-mile charity walk to Skegness.

Sean Pickworth, 29, Andrew Kennedy, 27, joined David Vernon, 45, from Ilkeston, and Sean’s brother Mark Holmes, 16, of Eastwood for the trek.

They completed the challenge in just 34 hours as planned. The hike to the Lincolnshire seaside resort was to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

The group set off from Heanor one minute after midnight and averaged five miles an hour to include food and drink stops. They raised an enormous £4,000 in sponsorship.

Sean, said it was ‘tough but brilliant’. “I loved it – except for the 12 blisters I got!” He said. “It was a lot harder than expected but we all got through it because of the support we were giving each other. When we reached the end it was an amazing feeling. A milestone.”

The brothers decided to raise money for Macmillan because they had family who had suffered cancer.

Their training ncluded several 50-mile walks.