A long charity walk for this Joe Longthorne fan

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A Joe Longthorne fan walked from Oxford to Blackpool to raise money for charity – and was overjoyed to meet her idol.

Lynn Gibb, who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant, walked over 200 miles in a bid to raise £500 for her Oncology and Haematology Day Treatment Unit.

Finishing her walk at Blackpool Grand Theatre she was presented with tickets to Joe Longthorne’s Summer Season Extravaganza but little did she know she would be invited backstage to meet Joe after the show.

After walking for five days and through Friday night, Lynn took her seat in a box for show before being whisked backstage to meet Joe.

Her secret meeting was organised by her good friend Gill Chamney, with the help of Blackpool agent Jean Parkes.

Last year they had arranged for Lynn to receive a signed copy of Joe’s autobiography and this was her chance to say thank you to her favourite singer.

“It was wonderful to meet Lynn.,” said Joe afterwards.

“The fact that she walked from Oxford to Blackpool to highlight the needs of the Anthony Nolan Trust and raise funds for the unit that treated her is nothing short of amazing.

“Having gone through a bone marrow transplant myself, as she has, I know how much courage it took for her to complete the journey. We’ve become good friends and I hope she’ll keep in touch with me.”

Joe Longthorne’s Summer Season Extravaganza which also features Mick Miller, Carol Kaye, Leye D Johns and Lynda McMurray is at the Grand Theatre every Thursday and Saturday until October 29.