Epic walk raises £3k for scouts

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A WALKER has com­pleted a marathon trek across Eng­land in sup­port of lo­cal scouts.

Paul Truswell started his 550-mile walk at Low­est­oft in Suf­folk in April and com­pleted it by reach­ing Land’s End in Corn­wall in May.

The Trussy Trek raised more than £3,000 for the 1st Hurds­field Scouts, Cubs and Beavers group so it can im­prove its fa­cil­i­ties on Brock­le­hurst Avenue.

Paul, from Bolling­ton, en­dured all sorts of weather dur­ing the walk which al­most ended pre­ma­turely when he sprained his an­kle in the last week.

But he sol­diered on to com­pete the trek across the coun­try.

Paul said: “I met many, many good peo­ple who helped in prac­ti­cal and hos­pitable ways and were key to me be­ing able to com­plete my far east to far west walk across Eng­land. Thank you to ev­ery­one for their sup­port.”

As well as the re­fur­bish­ment of the scout hut, the money Paul raised will be used to buy new equip­ment for camp­ing and hik­ing trips and ma­te­ri­als for craft projects, as well as fund­ing an as­sisted places scheme for those who miss out on scout­ing for fi­nan­cial rea­sons.

Greg Carter, group chair­man of 1st Hurds­field Scouts, said: “Paul has raised just over £3,000 for the group. This was a great re­sult and will be of enor­mous help to us.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate Paul’s ef­forts, all the more as the weather was ap­palling for quite a bit of the walk, and at one point we thought he was as likely to dis­ap­pear in the mud as he was to fin­ish.

“It seems how­ever that a diet of fish, chips and bit­ter can power some­one from Low­est­oft to Land’s End. Our fore­cast of a month-long pub crawl wasn’t far off the mark.”

Paul kept his fam­ily and friends en­ter­tained on his own Trussy Trek Face­book page, up­dat­ing them on his trav­els with pic­tures and wry com­men­tary dur­ing his ad­ven­ture.

Other than the sprained an­kle, Paul also en­dured count­less blis­ters and cuts on his feet which made the walk a painful ex­pe­ri­ence at times.

It is the sec­ond big walk Paul has taken on. In 2014 he walked 300 miles from Lind­is­farne, off the coast of Northum­ber­land, to the isle of Iona, off the west coast of Scot­land, and raised £2,500 for the charity Cre8, based on the We­ston.

Paul is al­ready con­sid­er­ing another long walk but not for a while.

He said: “I might do another long walk but I’m as cer­tain as I can be that that won’t be for a few years. ‘Trussytrek 2020’ does have a nice ring to it.”

If you would like to spon­sor Paul you can visit the web­site my.give.net/ trussytrek.

●● Paul Truswell walked across Eng­land from Low­est­oft to Land’s End to raise more than £3,000 for 1st Hurds­field Scouts

●● Paul cel­e­brates achiev­ing his goal

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