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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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Walker Rob passes halfway mark

A GOSFORTH fundraiser is making great strides in his 1,000-mile charity trek to Spain.

By Sarah Robinson

Hardy walker Rob Steele began his journey on March 29 and is halfway through his mammoth challenge.

The 57-year-old is raising money for cancer research and drug development at the Royal Marsden Hospital, a specialist cancer centre, where he was treated for non Hodgkin lymphoma in 1975.

Kind-hearted people have raised £1,500 for the cause so far and Rob is inviting more people to donate.

He said: “The money is specifically ring-fenced for drug development and cancer research. Any breakthroughs made at the Royal Marsden will not just benefits the patients, they will be rolled out across the medical profession to benefit everyone.

“All the money raised goes to the hospital directly, I don’t take any money from donations as I pay for the trip out of my own pocket.”

Walking an average of 15 miles a day, Rob has trekked down England through towns and villages including Langdale, Windermere, Sedburgh, the Pennine way, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Bristol, Stourport-on-Severn and Worcester. He has been supported along the way by generous Rotarians.

When The Whitehaven News spoke to him on Tuesday, he had stopped briefly at Silverton, near Exeter. He said: “We’re halfway already. It’s a beautiful place but has a lot of undulating ground.”

Rob expects to reach Plymouth by Friday evening and from there will catch a ferry on Sunday (May 4) to Santander. From there he will follow the Camino del Norte to Santiago de Compostela.

He said: “Everything has been going really well. My knee has been bothering me a bit. I had two extra days and I’ve used up one of them. After I had walked for 28 days constantly I stopped off in Exmouth to see my friend Stevie Hufton, who used to live in Gosforth.”

He said Stevie will be walking with him to Santiago.

Rob thanks everyone who has sponsored him, including rotary clubs and Wasdale Head Show committee. For more information go to: www.facebook.com/robsbig walk. To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/Rob-Steele1.

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