A young couple who both lost their grandfathers to cancer have embarked on a 400-mile two-week fundraising walk in their memory.
Stean-Kurt Kinley, 28, from Farington in Leyland, and his girlfriend Hannah Brearley-Jones, 24, are pounding the pavements on a gruelling trek from London Euston to Glasgow Central.
The pair, who both studied at the University of Central Lancashire, set off on Saturday and their seventh stop will be in Preston tomorrow.
They aim to reach their final destination within 14 days and have already smashed their £1,000 fundraising target for Cancer Research UK.
Stean, who attended Balshaw’s CE High School and Runshaw College, said the walk is the equivalent of 14 marathons back to back.
He said: “Since we started on Saturday morning, we’ve had every emotion you can think of. It has been up and down, happy and sad.
“Physically we are exhausted. It is something that we have never done before, neither of us are walkers.
“But it has definitely been enjoyable.
“We haven’t seen very many sights but it has been nice to see a town every now and then along the A roads.
“People wave and beep and have been very supportive, that has kept us going.
“On Monday it rained from start to finish – everything we thought we had that was waterproof wasn’t!”
Stean and Hannah have been walking around 30 to 35 miles a day and have so far passed through counties including Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire. The couple, who live in Aldershot, have been supported by Holiday Inn, which has put them up in a hotel each night.
Stean’s granddad, John Henry, battled testicular cancer for a number of years but passed away in May 2013 aged 83.
Hannah’s granddad, Gerald Brearley, was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2012 which was treated with surgery and chemotherapy.
However, a scan earlier this year detected that the cancer had spread and he died in March at the age of 77.
Hannah said: “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.”
Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK’s spokesman for Lancashire, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Hannah and Stean have decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.”
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