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Posted on Friday 27 May 2022
Mike Toward

You think hiking 84 miles is hard enough…but try hiking 84 miles wearing three stone of full Roman legionary armour.

That’s exactly what Durham Constabulary dispatcher Mike Toward has spent the past five days doing to raise money for St Cuthbert’s Hospice.

Starting in Bowness-on-Solway, in Cumbria, on Monday, he has hiked the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall, and plans to finish in Wallsend later today.

On his journey, Mike has been joined by his Control Room colleagues from B relief who are raising money for their close friend and former colleague, Karen Middlemiss. Karen is currently fighting secondary breast cancer, which has spread to her spine, pelvis and liver.

Throughout the walk he has been supported by friends and family, with Karen’s dog, Lola, even joining in to walk a section.

He’s also met many keen walkers from around the world who have all been happy to throw some cash in his fundraising bucket.

He said: “Karen spent a week in St Cuthbert’s Hospice, in Durham, while they helped get her pain relief under control.

"The support they gave Karen and her family has been second to none and that’s why I have taken on this adventure - to try and raise awareness of what they do and to raise as much as I can to help them continue their vital care to those who need it.”

Keep going, Mike – not far to go now!

To donate to their fundraising efforts, click here 

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