West Norfolk friends raise almost £1,500 between them for two charities

Anthony Dann pictured at the original end of the West Highland Way with friend Andy Graham. nyhs-VTTxBvox2soQ5FW
Anthony Dann pictured at the original end of the West Highland Way with friend Andy Graham. nyhs-VTTxBvox2soQ5FW
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Two explorers have raised almost £1,500 for charity after walking a gruelling 108 miles in just five days.

Friends Anthony Dann and Andy Graham completed the Scottish West Highland Way trail walk last month in aid of two different causes.

Mr Dann took on the challenge in aid of Spinal Research, raising £1,100 so far, while Mr Graham raised around £350 for the Blake McMillen Trust, which aims to find a cure for the genetic disorder, Mecp2 Duplication Syndrome.

Mr Dann, who works as a customer assistant at Tesco in Hunstanton, decided to do the trek in honour of his “inspirational” sister Becky, who 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.

It was the third National Trail walk he has completed, and second in aid of charity, but admitted it was the most difficult yet.

He said: “I have to say it was the hardest and most rewarding journeys I have been on. The views and people you meet along the way makes it all worth while and of course raising vital funds for Spinal Research.

“At my hardest moments I kept thinking of Becky and all the things that she has gone through and that gave me that extra push i needed.”

Mr Graham said: “It was a very challenging experience, butI enjoyed immensely, especially all the people we met and the views.”

The friends, who both live in Wisbech, added: “We would both like to say a big thank you for all the support from our family, friends and our individual charities.”

Mr Dann is now planning 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.

Last year he and another friend walked 100-miles in two days along Peddars Way on the Norfolk coast, raising £2,000 between them for Spinal Research.