Bill’s 40-mile tribute walk for friend

When Bill Brawn lost a close friend to cancer he wanted to do something in his memory.

Accompanied by his carers, Bill, 61, who has learning disabilities, walked his way to Boston Stump from his care home in Bourne.

He covered 40 miles and raised £211 for Macmillan Cancer Support as a tribute to his friend Timothy Franklin.

Carer Sylwester Oleksiewicz, who walked the whole distance with him, said: “The original plan was to raise £55 so to raise more than £200 was brilliant. Timmy was a very good friend to Bill and the Macmillan nurses helped him at lot towards the end of his days.

“The walk was along the Macmillan Way and we did it in eight installments, covering five miles on each trip from the end of June until August 26th where the rest of the carers joined us for the last leg to the Stump.

“There was a bit of excitement during the Tongue End leg where we spotted a sheep in the river looking like it was drowning. I reached in and grabbed it and pulled it out.”

Bill said he was tired after the walk but excited and pleased he completed it.

The route took them through Tongue End, near Twenty, through West Pinchbeck, up towards Fosdyke, around Frampton and along the River Haven before reaching their final destination at the Stump.

The walk was celebrated with a tea party back at the care home run by Heritage Care, in North Road, Bourne.

Heritage Care is a charitable organisation that provides a range of care and support services for people with learning disabilities, mental health support needs and older people. It also provides specialist dementia care services.

It ensures that people with disabilities and ‘challenging needs’ can rely on 24-hour support and has facilities across Lincolnshire.

The main Macmillan way runs 290 miles across Britain from Boston to Abbotsbury on the Dorset coast.

It follows existing footpaths, bridleways and byways, and small stretches of minor roads when these are unavoidable.

It covers open fen country for the first 30 miles and for the rest of its journey it then follows the course of the oolitic limestone belt.

Extra routes now make up a network of walks across Britain and are promoted to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief, which provides support and advice to people affected by cancer.

It is possible to walk all the way from Boston across England to Barnstaple on the north Devon coast, which is a distance of 346 miles.