Blackpool to Morecambe walk brings in £1,400 for two vital charities

A walk from Blackpool to Morecambe has raised £1,400 for two local charities.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:57 pm
Gareth Sheppard at the Eric Morecambe statue.

Gareth Sheppard walked 27 miles from Blackpool to Morecambe, raising £1,400 for CancerCare and Morecambe Food Bank.

Gareth, who owns his own Morecambe-based entertainment company, is a popular figure in the town and is well-known for his flamboyant suits and exuberant personality.

Gareth’s epic stroll was fuelled by Kendal Mint Cake and the encouragement of well-wishers who joined him at various stages along the way.

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Gareth Sheppard during his walk.

CancerCare fundraiser Helen Hartin said: “To take on a walk from Blackpool to Morecambe with no training, in his amazing POW suit in very warm weather, was no easy task but he persevered through pain and blisters to complete the challenge.

"I was moved by the local support he received in the Morecambe and surrounding area. The messages of encouragement on his Facebook posts were incredible and to raise over £1,400 in just four days was staggering. Thank you Gareth and everyone who donated.”

Gareth Sheppard during his walk.