Two adventurous pals will set off on Monday on a 900-mile trek taking them from one end of the country to the other.
Craig Sanders, 22, of Bates Lane, Souldern and workmate Phil Bridger, 21, of Helmdon near Brackley, will set off from Land’s End in Cornwall on Monday, aiming to raise £10,000 for charity on their way to John O’Groats in Scotland.
He pair, who are raising cash for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), have decided to forgo the comfort of hotels.
They will instead camp outdoors in all weathers for an estimated 75 nights along the way.
Mr Bridger, who runs the Eco Tree Care tree surgery business based in Helmdon, said their physically-demanding work as tree surgeons has helped prepare them for the adversities of their epic trek.
He said “We do a lot of lifting, climbing and chopping, so we’re both healthy. And we’ve been walking along the canal between Souldern and Banbury to help prepare.”
Mr. Bridge, a keen outdoorsman, said he was looking forward to the challenge of sleeping in tents and cooking on open fires for two-and-a half months.
He added: “I think the NSPCC is a very worthy charity, and we’re both very pleased to be able to raise money for them.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/craigsanders to sponsor Mr Sanders and Mr Bridger.
The Banbury Guardian - April 3rd 2008