Jeff Stelling hailed a ‘hero’ as £200,000 target is smashed for epic walk

Jeff Stelling is ready for leg five of his walking challenge.
Jeff Stelling is ready for leg five of his walking challenge.

Jeff Stelling has been hailed a ‘hero’ after the fundraising target for his epic walking challenge was smashed.

Arguably Hartlepool’s favourite son will today take on the fifth of 10 marathon walks as he makes his way to Wembley Stadium.

Everyone loves Jeff, and quite rightly so. He’s a complete hero

Angela Culhane

The challenge is in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, and Jeff had hoped to raise £200,000 for the charity.

Yesterday, though, the total donations passed through that mark as Jeff walked from Rotherham to Chesterfield via Sheffield.

He was joined on yesterday’s leg by a number of famous faces, including former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Pools legend Richie Humphreys, ex-Pools manager Chris Turner, Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins and politician David Blunkett.

But the true star of the show, as ever, was Jeff.

Prostate Cancer UK chief executive Angela Culhane said: “We had a great moment yesterday morning when we broke through the £200,000 mark for donations. It’s inspiring to know that for every painful step we take, the charity is getting closer to helping to stop prostate cancer being a killer.

“It has caught the imagination of the public in a way we only dared to hope.

“Everyone loves Jeff, and quite rightly so. He’s a complete hero.

“He is suffering a bit with his feet, but he is so committed to this.”

Today, Jeff – who is being joined every step of the way by Pools chief executive Russ Green – will walk from Derby to Nottingham via Burton. The final leg is on Wednesday.

To donate, visit www.menunitedmarch.org or text ‘JEFF’ to 70004 to donate £3.