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Meet the six North Staffordshire businessmen aiming to walk 100k in 24 hours


A group of North Staffordshire businessmen are about to embark on a huge charity challenge – to walk 100k in 24 hours.

KMF managing director Gareth Higgins will be joined by Beswicks Legal’s Gary Mellor, veteran fundraiser Nathan Walton, Rob Hope from Sabit, Paul Franklin from HSBC and Paul Staley from Wise Living for the challenge.

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The ‘Walk of Hope’, which starts tomorrow (June 7) at 4pm at the Thames Barrier in London, covers 68.6 miles of the Thames Path and finishes in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Usually completed over four days, the team is aiming to finish by 4pm on Wednesday, June 8 – meaning they will have to maintain a pace of 5km per hour to meet their target.

The group, who took up long distance walking together during the pandemic, aim to raise £10,000 for the Dougie Mac.

Pictured (L-R) are Gareth Higgins, Gary Metcalfe (support driver) Paul Staley, Gary Mellor and Rob Hope

Donna Adams, head of fundraising at Dougie Mac said: “We are extremely grateful to Gareth and the team for taking on such a big challenge to raise money for Dougie Mac. We rely hugely on the support of the local community to raise the money we need to continue our care services for local families.

“Last year we amalgamated The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice into Dougie Mac, which means that in addition to caring for adults, we also support local children and young adults living with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

“The money raised through this fantastic challenge will help us to continue our wide range of specialist care services at our two hospice sites and across the local community.

“We wish the team lots of luck and, on behalf of all the families who will benefit from their fundraising, we’d like to say a massive thank you.”

To sponsor the team for the Walk of Hope visit the Just Giving page.


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