Army veteran’s 1,206 mile charity march

Rob Sherrington
Rob Sherrington

A Blackpool man hiked from one end of the country to the other to raise money for a stroke charity.

Rob Sherrington, 30, completed a gruelling 1,206 mile trek from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of the Stroke Association on August 14.

Rob was inspired to raise money after his auntie, Paula, suffered a stroke in 2009 and was supported by the charity’s service in Blackpool, before she passed away four years later. His grandmother Jean has also had two strokes, and continues to raise funds and awareness for the charity.

Former army serviceman Rob said: “Losing my Auntie Paula to this terrible condition was an extremely sad time, but before this happened I couldn’t have told you what a stroke was.

“It’s only really when something personally affects you that you become more aware.”

He succeeded in raising £1,000 for the charity.

Sam Lord, Life After Stroke Coordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “With the help of people like Rob, the Stroke Association can continue to support stroke survivors and families across the North West.”