Trek across country to aid Martin House funds

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Clifford-based Martin House Children’s Hospice is set to see its funds swell by thousands of pounds thanks to a muscular dystrophy sufferer.

Craig Walter, who is confined to a wheelchair because of the condition, sets off today on a remarkable journey.

The 29-year-old from Altofts, near Wakefield, and his two carers, Deborah Robinson and Jody Gabriel, will be driving the length of Britain from John O’Groats to Land’s End, more than 2,000 miles, between today and Tuesday July 16, after which they return home to Wakefield via St Albans and Downing Street.

During parts of his journey, Craig will leave his mini-coach and drive his wheelchair.

On the trip, Craig will call in at Newcastle, the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Inverness, John 0’Groats, Fort William, Aberystwyth, Bristol and then to Land’s End.

Craig’s campaign to raise awareness of Martin House and Muscular Dystrophy still has hundreds of miles remaining.

From the southernmost tip of the country, Craig and his carers then head to Great Yarmouth, St Albans and to Downing Street before attending a reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday July 16 which will be attended by several MPs, including Craig’s Member of Parliament, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary.

The next day, Craig has arranged to meet Norman Lamb MP, the Minister for Care, at the Department of Health.

Sarah Tarpey, Community Fundraiser for West Yorkshire at Martin House said: “We wish Craig the very best of luck for his challenge.

“It really is no mean feat and we are very grateful for his support.”

Martin House opened its doors to children and their families in 1987, becoming only the second children’s hospice in the UK.

It provides family-led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.

In 2002 Martin House opened the UK’s first unit for teenagers and young people.