30-hour walk raises £700 for char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Fete -

An Ash­ford man’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to com­plete a gru­elling 100km walk en­abled him to raise more than £700 for a char­ity close to his heart.

Alan McKenna, 53, com­pleted the Trans Pen­nine Chal­lenge – a ma­jor char­ity walk from Manch­ester to Sh­effield – in 30 hours, de­spite hav­ing done lit­tle pre­walk train­ing.

He took part to raise funds for Mesothe­lioma UK, which helps vic­tims who suf­fer from the as­bestos-re­lated con­di­tion.

Mr McKenna, who teaches law at the Univer­sity of Kent in Can­ter­bury, de­cided to walk for the char­ity be­cause rel­a­tives have suf­fered from this con­di­tion.

He said: “The walk was across a whole va­ri­ety of ter­rains, and it was windy and wet from time to time.

“I did some train­ing but re­ally not enough so I was very pleased to cross the fin­ish line as it was re­ally tough.”

Al­though he walked on his own he was among 600 peo­ple tak­ing part in the chal­lenge – all rais­ing cash for char­i­ties. Any­one who would like to make a do­na­tion can do so at www.just­giv­ing.com/Alan-Mckenna1

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