fundraiser Steve Fear collects £40k on final walk
Highbridge fundraiser Steve Fear has raised a mammoth £40,000
from his final mammoth walk in aid of Meningitis UK.
Steve, 58, completed his final walk this week, having hiked over
9,000 miles since 1994 in memory of his niece Sophie Deacon, who
died aged just 16 from meningitis in 1993.
His latest challenge saw him walk from Gateshead to Bristol over
Since 1994 the walks in which he has taken part have raised £1.9m
for the charity.
Steve told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "My final big walk
went really well despite some rough weather."
"People gave very generously all along the route of the
walk and I had a superb welcome at the finish in Bristol.
"It was quite emotional at the finish, but I was also happy
to be heading home to put my feet up!"
While Steve does not plan to complete any more walks, he is not
finishing his fundraising efforts for Meningitis UK. "I intend
to help with marshalling of various fundraising walks and continue
to help raising funds for the charity," he said.
Steve has completed 27 walks, three of which have been from Land's
End to John O'Groats. To mark his final walk, his trainers were
thrown off the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol!
Steve was awarded a Civic Award from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
Town Council for his fundraising work in 2005, as Burnham-On-Sea.com
Pictured: Steve with his wife Janette at the finish in Bristol