A PLUCKY nature-lover has just embarked on an epic 416-mile journey on foot in memory of his late wife.
On Thursday Martin Thompson, 59, set off on his journey from the memorial bench dedicated to his wife Brenda, at RSPB Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve, to make his way down to Barnstable in Devon.
He is hoping to complete the journey in 38 days to mark his 38th wedding anniversary which was on Thursday – and raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“After my wife passed away in February aged 55, I decided I wanted to do something to mark our marriage,” Martin said.
“But I also want to give something back to Macmillan whose support was brilliant; nothing was ever too much for them.”
Martin said he and Brenda used to enjoy visiting the reserve where they would enjoy sitting and looking out to sea.
“It is so tranquil there and when she died I felt it was the right place to scatter her ashes.” he said. “Now with the bench there myself, my children and grandchildreen can just come down here, sit and reflect.”
Martin, who lives in Angelica Drive, Spalding, will follow ‘Macmillan Way’ pathways through much of the route, taking him through Leicestershire, Gloucestershire and Dorset.
“I’ve never walked a great distance before so this is a real challenge for me,” he said. “Mentally I’m 100 per cent positive I can do this, but after my first 60 miles I’ve already got blisters on my feet, so it’s going to be tough.”
Martin is carrying with him a heavy backpack of supplies, along with a camera and dictophone to document his journey.
“My aim is to produce a diary of my journey so others might be inspired to do the walk.” he said.
l To sponsor Martin visit www.justgiving.com/martin-thompson1 or call 07803 909673.