Published: October 18, 2011
Highbridge fundraiser Steve Fear collects £40k on final walk

Well-known 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 16 days.

Since 1994 the walks in which he has taken part have raised £1.9m for the charity.

Steve told 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 covered here.

Pictured: Steve with his wife Janette at the finish in Bristol this week

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