A Wrexham solicitor who planned to complete the 85 mile long Manx Telecom Parish Walk on the Isle of Man on June 22nd was forced to cut short his goal at the last minute due to a heavy cold.
John Lancaster, a prominent mental health lawyer with leading law firm GHP Legal, had aimed to undertake the walk in 24 hours to raise funds for Age UK Cheshire and Scripture Union on the Isle of Man.
Determined not to let down the charities or his sponsors he did, however, still manage to achieve 42 miles in 11 hours, which took him as far as Ballaugh and won him a medal.
“I was hoping to get oodles of money for two fine charities”, he said today, “one of which is Age UK Cheshire which provides information and advice, advocacy, dementia support, day care and social activities. I am privileged to work day by day with advocates from Age UK Cheshire. The other charity, Scripture Union, is close to my heart as I am a member of the Lawyer’s Christian Fellowship and my wife’s family hail from the Isle of Man.”
“The Partners at GHP Legal generously started off my sponsorship drive with £100 towards the fundraising for my two charities and I am hoping that after my cold-besieged efforts I may still raise more than the £677 that has been pledged to date. I am also determined to go back and do the full 85 miles in 2020.
“Anyone wishing to still contribute to this year’s efforts can do so by visiting: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnLancaster2 to pledge money for Age UK, or by visiting https://www.give.net/JohnLancaster/fundraising to pledge money for Scripture Union on the Isle of Man.”