Bideford man to complete 138-mile non-stop walk for Children’s Hospice South West

Mark Edwards with CHSW senior fundraiser Emma Perry.

Mark Edwards with CHSW senior fundraiser Emma Perry. - Credit: Archant

Father-of-two, Mark Edwards, will be walking non-stop for two days to complete his final walking challenge for charity.

Mark Edwards after crossing the finish line in 2015, with his sons Ryan and Danny.

Mark Edwards after crossing the finish line in 2015, with his sons Ryan and Danny. - Credit: Archant

A Bideford man is taking on his final epic walking challenge for charity.

Mark Edwards, 51, from Northam, will be walking non-stop for 138 miles in aid of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) in June.

In 2015, Mark completed a 100-mile walk for the Chemotherapy Appeal, and last year he walked 125-miles non-stop in aid of CHSW.

He has already raised more than £4,000 for the two charities, and hopes to complete his trio with his longest challenge yet.

Dave Garrett and Mark Edwards ahead of their walk in 2016.

Dave Garrett and Mark Edwards ahead of their walk in 2016. - Credit: Archant

Mark said: “The 138 is a symbolic figure which represents the distance between the hospices at Little Bridge House at Fremington and Little Harbour in St Austell.”


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Mark, who works at Bideford Jobcentre, hopes to walk three times between Meeth and Braunton, and finishing at Little Bridge House.

He will begin his trek at 10am on June 3, and hopes to finish on June 5 at around 2pm - without stopping.

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Mark added: “It is an honour to complete this walk for CHSW as they are an incredible organisation that perform fantastic work.

Mark crossing the finish line in Bideford after his first walking challenge.

Mark crossing the finish line in Bideford after his first walking challenge. - Credit: Archant

“As a parent of two teenage boys, I know how lucky I am to have seen them grow up safely and I have never taken this for granted.

“If completing this walk makes even the tiniest difference to just one child or parent’s situation ,then it is my privilege to help.”

Mark said the distance was daunting, as his last 125-mile trek has taken ‘every last ounce of effort’ to finish.

“I have trained in a similar fashion to last year, but 138 miles non-stop is the furthest I will ever try,” Mark added.

“It is amazing how much extra strength adrenaline and fear of failure can give you.”

Mark said this would be his final challenge due to health reasons, and he would once again be helped by colleague Dave Garrett.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Mark can do so by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkJEdwards.

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