Marriage proposal follows epic trek for charity

Stean-Kurt Kinley, 29, from Farington in Leyland proposed to his girlfriend Hannah Brearley-Jones, 24, seconds after the couple completed a gruelling 400-mile walk to raise vital cash for Cancer Research UK.

Stean-Kurt Kinley, 29, from Farington in Leyland proposed to his girlfriend Hannah Brearley-Jones, 24, seconds after the couple completed a gruelling 400-mile walk to raise vital cash for Cancer Research UK.

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A romantic boyfriend asked the love of his life to marry him seconds after the couple completed a gruelling 400-mile charity walk.

Stean-Kurt Kinley, from Farington, Leyland, brought commuters to a standstill after he dropped to one knee and popped the question in style to his unsuspecting girlfriend Hannah Brearley-Jones, 24, at Glasgow Central Station.

The 29-year-old was overjoyed when Hannah said yes and revealed that a stunning rose gold rainbow moonstone engagement ring had been burning a hole in his pocket during the 14-day sponsored walk from London Euston Station to Glasgow, to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

Stean, who attended Balshaw’s CE High School and Runshaw College, said: “I’m just so glad she said yes.

“It’s been an unforgettable way to end an incredible journey filled with so many emotions, pain and even moments of insanity.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the challenge of a lifetime than by asking Hannah to marry me.

“We wanted to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research UK and we have smashed this target, reaching more than £1,800, so thank to everyone who has supported us along the way.”

Hannah, of Trentham, Stoke-on- Trent, who is a design assistant at fashion retailer M&Co, which has raised almost £2m for Cancer Research UK, signed up for the walk in memory of her granddad, Gerald Brearley, who was 77 when he died from oesophageal cancer in March this year.

Stean first came up with the idea of a walk in memory of his granddad, John Henry, who was 83 when he died from testicular cancer in May 2013.

Hannah said: “I had no idea Stean planned on proposing.

“That is a long time to keep a secret – especially when you are with someone 24/7.

“Stean and I have seen the devastation and pain that cancer can cause. We have both lost special members of our family to the disease so we were determined to do something big to raise money and help beat cancer sooner.”

The pair, who both studied at the University of Central Lancashire, set off on their walk on October 11 and finished last Friday.

The couple, who now live in Aldershot, were supported by Holiday Inn, which put them up in a hotel each night.

Stean and Hannah were congratulated by scientists from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow who came along to meet them at the end of the charity challenge.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokesman in Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted for Stean and Hannah.

“This was such a lovely ending to an amazing challenge and Cancer Research UK is so grateful for their support.”

For more information on the charity walk or to donate visit http://blog.mandco.com/2014/10/14/cancer-research-uk-charity-walk/