A Banbury man has just returned from a gruelling four-day hike over the Pyrenees; all in the name of charity.
Roger Wilson, of Austin Drive, had been busy the entire spring training programme ahead of his Freedom Trail challenge which took place over the weekend. The challenge saw him climb and hike through the Pyreenes over more than 2,000 metres in altitude.
The 51-year-old was raising both money for and awareness of Myaware (formely the Myasthenia Gravis Association), a charity close to his heart as his sister Sophie has the rare auto-immune disease which causes certain muscles to become weak.
Mr Wilson said: “It was an amazing experience, incredible scenery and a wonderful bunch of people. Doing the training to prepare paid off as all I had was one small blister, other than that I was fine!”
So far the total donations have come to almost £3,140 – nearly doubling the original target of £1,800.
Mr Wilson said: “Part of the success was down to the two mentions in the Banbury Guardian.
“I had people recognise me at work or out on training walks from the picture so I would tell them what I was doing and why – generating even more publicity for Myaware.”
But despite all the success, he added him and his family are not quite done fundraising yet.
“We are going to have one last big push and want to try and reach £5,000 to become the biggest fund raiser for Myaware on JustGiving,” he said.
For more information and to donate, see www.justgiving.com/Freedomtrail2014/