Sunday, 19 September 2021

Henley man’s charity walk in memory of family members

A HENLEY man who suffers from arthritis plans to walk 267 miles in 12 days in memory of

A HENLEY man who suffers from arthritis plans to walk 267 miles in 12 days in memory of two family members.

Ian Jackson, 57, who lives at Swiss Farm with his wife Sue, will trek the Pennine Way from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border.

The bricklayer will donate proceeds from the sponsored walk to Cardiac Risk in the Young and the Alzheimer’s Society.

In 2009, his 30-year-old stepson Tom Morgan died in his sleep from sudden heart failure and last year his 91-year-old father Arthur, from Sonning Common, died after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years.

Mr Jackson will set off on May 10 and will follow the trail though the south and north Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland national parks.

Swiss Farm will pay his train fare in both directions and is also paying for him to stay in youth hostels, pubs and bed and breakfasts each night.

He will be walking alone with an 18kg rucksack filled with his clothes, spare boots, food and water.

It is Mr Jackson’s third challenge in aid of CRY after he walked the  192-mile coast to coast route across northern England in 2009 and climbed Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon, the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, in 2013.

He has since developed arthritis in his knee but believes he is up to his latest challenge.

Mr Jackson said: “I wanted to do something for my father. He didn’t die of Alzheimer’s but by the time he died he couldn’t even recognise his own family. I want to raise awareness of the condition as well as money.

“I also thought it was time to do another challenge for Tom as sudden adult death syndrome is something that usually affects younger people.

“This is going to be the most difficult one yet as I’m walking further in a shorter time. The route is all planned out and I’ve got quite a few 25-mile stretches in the last few days.

“I’ve had X-rays confirming I’ve got arthritis in my knees â?? I was thinking of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats but that would have caused a lot of aggravation and I think a walk has more chance of succeeding.

“I’m feeling pretty confident, although I’m a little bit nervous. I’ve asked the doctor to prescribe some painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs in case I need them on the way.

“No matter how bad the weather is, it’s something I have to do but I’m looking forward to it. It isn’t going to be easy but these things aren’t meant to be otherwise people wouldn’t sponsor you.”

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