Hornchurch man completes virtual Land’s End to John O Groats walking challenge to raise cash for charity

Martyn Mead from Hornchurch has just completed a mammoth virtual walking challenge from Lands’ End to John O Groats and he did it in just 42 days.

Martyn has been a supporter of local children’s mental health charity, Kids Inspire, since 2016 and has in this time raised over £44,000 in support of family-inclusive therapy to empower more positive life choices. He raised £4,400 for this walk alone!

Starting out as a four-month challenge – to complete by Easter – retired city worker, Martyn, quickly realised that to get more support for his efforts he would need to give his sponsors a quicker result and increased his pace, averaging 28-miles a day in February.

Martyn said: “I have been taking on challenges, volunteering, and generally fundraising for Kids Inspire since 2016. I was inspired by a promise I made to my wife who sadly passed away in 2015.

“Tracy had become a supporter of the children’s charity and I kept my promise by taking on several challenges that I never thought I would be capable of. I am particularly proud of my latest 840 mile walk as my competitive nature kicked in and encouraged me to walk more and more daily – my longest walk was on February 11 when I walked 40.59 Miles!”

Paula Ashfield, head of fundraising and communications at Kids Inspire, said: “We are so proud of Martyn’s achievement and amazed by his dedication to complete the challenge so quickly in some harsh weather conditions. He has spurred on the rest of the team to complete the challenge. The funds he has raised over the last five years are lifechanging for the children and families we support.”

Mick Ferris

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