Walker on target for charity

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Brian Baines, 41, is heading from Maryport in Cumbria to Jackson’s Wharf, in Hartlepool, to raise money for the Jo and Mya Memorial Trust Fund.

It 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.

Brian completed 56 miles of walking by yesterday afternoon and told of the kindness of the public along the way.

“I got to Penrith services were a kind night worker let me in the services shop to sit down. He has even made me a cup of tea.”

That same night, he grabbed some sleep in a shop doorway using a bivvie bag as a bed.

After completing more than half the challenge, he admitted: “I am sore but happy.”

Delighted Ian said: “Thats some going! Brian is aiming to raise £1,000 from his efforts for the charity and I will be joining him for the final stage today. Brian plans to reach the HMS Trincomalee for 4pm.”

Brian, a Barnardo’s project worker, lives in Hartlepool.

Ian, who runs a marketing and communications firm on the Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool and lives in Billingham, and his younger daughter Ava, now aged one, survived the tragic crash last August and the fund aims to support children who have lost loved ones.