Disabled walker to hike length of country - TWICE
A CHARITY-mad dad who is in training for a 1,850-mile fundraising walk has collected over £1,300 from local shoppers.
Intrepid city-born dad Derek Brown has been collecting donations from shoppers at Morrisons superstore, on Billacombe Road, in Plymstock, ahead of his gruelling walking challenge next year.
Dubbed 'The Ultimate', the 50-year-old will be hiking from Leeds to John O'Groats to Land's End and then back to Leeds - despite serious disabilities.
The gruelling route will see Mr Brown, who suffers from impaired hearing, a curved spine, fused toes and arthritis in his feet, walking through Plymouth where people have already dug deep to help him raise money for his chosen four charities - Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Get Kids Going!, Variety and Children with Cancer UK.
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He said: "I have given out over 3,000 leaflets about the challenge to people in the city and taken about £1,300 in charitable donations.
"The people of Plymouth have been fantastic and very generous. I'm very grateful for their support."
Mr Brown arrived in the city with around £8,700 in donations - he told The Herald he has now reached the £10,000 mark after city residents showed their generosity.
He said: "I've got around 42 weeks until the start of the walk and so I'm hoping to raise a lot more money."
Mr Brown raised an incredible £60,000 by trekking from his Leeds home to Plymouth and back last year.
He hopes to complete his next charity trek, which no one has ever attempted, in just 83 days.
He will set off on Monday July 1, 2013 and hopes to be finished by Saturday September 21, 2013.
Over the years Mr Brown has raised thousands of pounds for charity.
He said: "I would like to thank everyone who supported my charity events over the years, I am so delighted to say in 13 years I have raised over £568,872 for a number of charities, and this would not have been possible without the valued support I have been given.
"The next walk will be The Ultimate and I would love to see a lot more people join in, send donations and spend a day or two and walk with me."
For more information or to donate online visit www.derekschallenges.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.