postman's 500 mile walk for charity close to his heart
brave Royal Mail postman from Burnham-On-Sea is today (Friday)
setting off on an emotional fundraising walk from Edinburgh to
London to help a charity close to his heart.
Penfold's walk will raise money for the Lily Foundation, a charity
extra special to him since his grandson, 18-month-old Frankie,
suffers from the life-limiting Mitochondrial Disease, which affects
the central nervous system and has no known cure.
Mark will launch his massive walk from a delivery office in Edinburgh,
and will be cheered on by colleagues as he attempts to walk around
500 miles of what was the London to Edinburgh postal route - one
of the oldest postal routes in the UK.
funds Mark raises, up to a maximum of £20,000, will also
be matched by Royal Mail as part of Royal Mails celebration
of 500 years of the postal service.
Burnham-On-Sea postie aims to finish by crossing Tower Bridge
on 18th June, finishing at the Guild Hall in London, where he
will join Royal Mails 500 year celebrations in the Capital.
who aims to walk around 20 miles a day, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I am privileged to be following in the footsteps of ancient
postal carriers to mark 500 years of the postal service. I am
also trying to raise money for a cause close to my heart."
of Frankie will spur me on to the finish line in London on 18th
June 2016. I cant thank Royal Mail, my colleagues and the
CWU enough, for the first class help, support and organisation
it has taken to get me to the start today."
am looking forward to seeing many other fellow postmen and women
on my route, as well as Lily Foundation supporters."
50, will be supported by family, friends and colleagues throughout
the walk, and the Royal Mail and Communications Workers Union
(CWU) will be providing all support and supplies.
Lily Foundation funds research to improve diagnosis and increase
treatment options for Mitochondrial Disease, and ultimately find
a cure. The charity also raises much needed awareness of the condition
and support families affected by Mitochondrial Disease.
here to find out how to make donations towards Mark's fundraising