Sandbach man steps up for charity


A Sandbach grandfather has raised £4,000 for the Stroke Association by walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats in separate stages.

Stephen Davies, 73, was inspired to take on the walking challenge after he lost his wife Ann to a stroke in February last year.

Stephen began the first 340 mile leg of the journey in August 2016, with the final 760 miles completed during the spring this year.

He said: “Ann and I were married very nearly 50 years.

“It’s been a huge challenge for my 73-year-old legs and two year-old hip replacement.

“With family and other commitments, I chose to cover the 1,100 mile, 64-day walk by dividing it into four sections based on national long-distance trails, such as the South West Coast Path, Offa’s Dyke and the West Highland Way.”

Stephen added: “Although my enjoyment was tempered by the reason for doing the walk, I’m so glad I did it and I certainly walked through magnificent scenery and met lots of interesting and friendly people.

“And of course I’m glad that with the support of lots of generous people – family, friends and complete strangers – I’ve raised a good amount of money for a very worthy cause; the Stroke Association.”

The charity’s Mikaela Leape said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Stephen for taking on this challenge and raising such a fantastic amount; the money raised will go a long way in helping to support others who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

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