Stepping out for aunt Iris

Leon Burey (left) and Steven Franklin
Leon Burey (left) and Steven Franklin

HUNDREDS of pounds were raised after a charity walk in memory of a cancer sufferer.

Steven Franklin and Leon Burey took part in an epic trek along the 84-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall.

The kind-hearted pair, who are both fans of the outdoors, took part in the feat in memory of Steven’s aunt Iris Henderson, who lived in the Chapel Hill area of Peterlee and died from cancer two years ago aged 61.

Funds raised by the friends will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, whose staff helped care for Iris.

Steven, who lives in Haswell and works at Nest Fisheries in the village, said £300 was raised from the walk.

But it is expected a raffle and a donation box at the Nest Fisheries branch in Grampian Drive, in Peterlee, will bring the total to around £400.

The walk, which took place earlier this month, took Steven and Leon, a 27-year-old dad-of-two from Seaham, five days to complete.

He said: “The walk went well, apart from the fact we got blisters on the first day, so it was a bit painful from then on.

“It took us a bit longer than we thought it would, but we got it done in five days.

“We slept in a tent but on the last night we stayed in a hostel near the Roman fort.

“It was a really tiring week.”

The 23-year-old added: “We are really proud of ourselves and I’m sure my aunt Iris would have been too.

“We just wanted to do something for Macmillan after the way they looked after my aunt, they are amazing people.”

Steven and Leon started out on the mammoth walk in Carlisle on Saturday, April 5 and crossed the finish line in Wallsend five days later.

A raffle in aid of Macmillan is running at the Grampian Drive branch of Nest Fisheries, with a food hamper as the prize.

The winner will be announced this week.

There is still time to donate to Steven and Leon’s cause.

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