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Rotarian's step change for Kenya
A MAN who is partial to a stroll in the woodlands is preparing to face the biggest walk of his life when he treks 80 miles in five days.
Gordon Atkinson, the international committee chairman for the Rotary Club of Northwich Vale Royal, plans to walk the Cumbrian Way to raise money for a school in Kenya.
He has worked out that he will take 250,000 steps to cover the distance.
“I’m not utterly convinced a man of my, ahem, mature years can manage a quarter of a million steps over the unforgiving hills of Cumbria, but I’m going to give it a damn good go,” he said.
Gordon, of Carlton Road, will start the walk with his son John in Ulverston on September 24.
They plan to stay at bed and breakfasts each night then catch a train back from Carlisle after the final day’s walk.
He said: “I feel both excited and nervous – particularly nervous about getting the sponsorship go make it all worthwhile.”
Gordon, who has never walked more than 10 miles, hopes to raise more than £500 to help build a classroom at the school, which is just north of Mombasa.
“It’s an amazing school – I’ve been out twice to see it and meet the teachers and children – and I’m desperate to give them a bit more urgently-needed support,” he said.
The Rotary Club of Northwich Vale Royal and St Helen’s Church are also supporting the challenge.
To sponsor Gordon email him at email@example.com or visit mydonate.bt.com/charities/underthemangotree.
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