A CHARITY walker has started on his 106-mile trek to support a grieving dad.
Brian Baines, 41, set off yesterday from Maryport in Cumbria to walk to Jackson’s Wharf, in Hartlepool.
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He hopes to finish in time to watch the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United this Saturday night.
Brian, a Barnardo’s project worker who lives in Hartlepool, was planning to walk through each night of the challenge, stopping only briefly by the side of the road to catch a quick nap in a bivvy bag.
He is fundraising for the Jo and Mya Memorial Trust Fund, which was set up by Ian Richardson, 38, after he lost his wife Joanne, 40, and daughter Mya, six, in an accident on the A1 in Newcastle in August last year when their car was hit by another which was travelling the wrong way along the road.
Ian and his younger daughter Ava, now aged one, survived the crash and the fund aims to support children who have lost loved ones.
Brian was inspired to do the walk after reading how Ian had fought back to health after the crash to bring up Ava and to front a charity drive.
Ian, who runs a marketing and communications firm on the Queens Meadow Business Park, in Hartlepool, and who lives in Billingham, said: “Brian’s support is unbelievable. He is putting himself on the line for the charity. This sort of thing restores your faith in human nature.”