Hunstanton worker set to take on hike in sister’s honour

Fundraiser Anthony Dann pictured with his sister Becky.
Fundraiser Anthony Dann pictured with his sister Becky.
0
Have your say

An intrepid explorer is gearing up for a 96-mile Scottish hike in honour of his “inspirational” sister.

Anthony Dann is aiming to complete the West Highland Way trail walk in just five days when he takes on the challenge next month in aid of the Spinal Research charity.

His sister Becky, 21, has battled spinal problems from a very young age and suffers from scoliosis (curvature of the spine).

She has endured several operations over the years, and needs the use of a wheelchair most of the time.

Mr Dann, who works as a customer assistant at Tesco in Hunstanton, said: “She is currently studying photography at university and is able to drive, so she doesn’t let her condition stop her.”

The 34-year-old will start his trek on Wednesday, September 16, and is aiming to walk around 20-miles a day, for five days.

“I just hope the weather is good to me, but in Scotland I’m not sure it will be,” he said.

The challenge will be the second National Trail walk Mr Dann has completed for charity. Last year he and a friend walked 100-miles in just two days along Peddars Way on the Norfolk coast, raising £2,000 between them for Spinal Research.

He now plans to walk every National Trail route in the UK and Scotland, with the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall running from England’s west to east coasts in his sights for next year.

Mr Dann, who lives in Wisbech, said: “I was really pleased with how much we raised last year, but due to work commitments and a lack of time to fundraise, I set my target this year to £500.

“I’ve already managed to raise £700 so far though, including £344 raised through a raffle stall I held at Wisbech Rock Festival.”

Mr Dann, whose training includes 24-mile walks along the riverbank from Wisbech to Sutton Bridge and back again, said: “Becky is my inspiration for doing this.

“Every eight hours someone is told they will never walk again and this incredible charity works hard to fund vital research into repairing damaged spinal cords.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Mr Dann can visit his fundraising web page at: www.justgiving.com/Anthony-Dann2

Alternatively, sponsors can donate £5 by texting QPNW66 to 70070.