Cheque for sunburn and snow walk

Helen Aitchison completed a gruelling coast to coast walk and raised money for Focus 12.   Pictured handing the cheque over to Chip Somers.
Helen Aitchison completed a gruelling coast to coast walk and raised money for Focus 12. Pictured handing the cheque over to Chip Somers.
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HELEN Aitchison was able to hand the addiction charity Focus12 a cheque for more than twice the amount she hoped to raise on a coast to coast walk.

But considering the extra effort she and walking partner Alec Hawkes had to put in, they really worked for every penny of the £2,156.89 they raised.

The walk from St Bees Head, Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, should have been 192 miles but was nearer 200 because of the detours they were forced to make off the footpaths on to roads.

Helen, 39, from Thurston, said: “I’d trained for it with Mark Nicol, of Bury Bootcamp, and it would have been, not easy, but doable, but the weather did throw us some difficult things.”

She and Alec, from Aylesbury, set off on March 28 in such bright sunshine for the first couple of days that he got sunburn on his head. But when they reached the Derbyshire moors the snow was thigh deep.

After she handed the cheque to Focus12 founder Chip Somers on Tuesday he invited her to the charity’s reunion dinner on Sunday.

“It will be good to meet some of the people the previous money has helped,” she said. “But I think I’ll need a few tissues.”

Last year she raised £350 with a parachute jump for Focus12, where she met Alec..