Teenager’s 250,000 steps for best pal

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON

ATEENAGER walked 250,000 steps in a week to raise money for a char­ity which helps his best friend.

Gre­gor Wat­son, 13, set him­self the chal­lenge of walk­ing 100 miles along the Cheshire Ring Canal in aid of Ac­tion Duchenne. The char­ity aims to find a cure for Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy, an ill­ness which af­fects Gre­gor’s best friend Toby Maurice, also 13.

Gre­gor and Toby, who uses a wheel­chair be­cause of his con­di­tion, have known each other since they were born and grew up to­gether.

Gre­gor wanted to raise money to help Toby and launched a fundrais­ing page on­line for peo­ple to sup­port his canal walk.

With mum Jane, he set off along the canal from Bolling­ton and walked 243,189 steps, cov­er­ing 102 miles in seven days. He passed 92 locks along the way.

Gre­gor and Jane, with the help of friends and fam­ily who walked with them, took in Cheshire coun­try­side and grit­tier Manch­ester land­scapes along the canal, pass­ing through towns like Marple and Duk­in­field be­fore hit­ting Manch­ester city cen­tre and wind­ing back down to Cheshire.

Toby joined Gre­gor on a stretch of the walk in Manch­ester where the tow­path is paved.

Gre­gor has raised more than £4,100 and has thanked ev­ery­one their sup­port.

Gre­gor’s mum Jane said: “Gre­gor and Toby are best friends and it was lovely to see them tak­ing part to­gether on the canal.

“The whole thing went re­ally well and we had some lovely sup­port from ev­ery­one and the char­ity.

“We both strug­gled with for our feet along the way but walked an av­er­age of 15 miles a day.

“We’re so pleased with how much we’ve raised. It far out­weighs our ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Gre­gor ran other fundrais­ing events in­clud­ing a silly socks day and cake sale at Tyther­ing­ton School. He also had a bucket col­lec­tion at Mac­cles­field Town FC.

Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy is a mus­cle wast­ing dis­ease which mainly af­fects boys and lim­its life ex­pectancy.

Toby, who lives in Prest­bury with dad An­drew, mum Kate and sis­ter Lara and at­tends Fal­li­b­roome Academy, was di­ag­nosed when he was five and started us­ing in a wheel­chair when he was 10.

The fundrais­ing page is still open on­line.

Visit ad-chal­lengeevents. ev­ery­day­hero. com/uk/gre­gor-s-canalchal­lenge to do­nate.

Friends Toby Maurice and Gre­gor Wat­son on the canal

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