Fred gets set for coastal challenge
PUBLISHED: 13:52 30 June 2009 | UPDATED: 21:48 31 May 2010
A PENSIONER is attempting a 200-mile coast-to-coast walk across the country to raise money for children in the Ukraine. After suffering his second stroke less than six months ago, 65-year-old Fred Binks from Great Chesterford knows how tough the journey w
A PENSIONER is attempting a 200-mile coast-to-coast walk across the country to raise money for children in the Ukraine.
After suffering his second stroke less than six months ago, 65-year-old Fred Binks from Great Chesterford knows how tough the journey will be.
"It's a huge challenge for me to take on, but I'll be raising money for a charity that I have supported for almost 14 years," he said.
Grandfather Mr Binks, who works part time at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, is raising money for a day clinic in Chernigiv which looks after children suffering from the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The nuclear reactor blew in 1986 and the consequences are still being still being felt today. The Chernigiv clinic, which is only 17 miles from the Chernobyl exclusion zone, regularly helps children born with spina bifida and cleft palate as a direct result of the disaster.
"I first visited the clinic with George Mills, who runs the charity British Aid for Deprived Children, and I haven't been able to walk away from them," said Mr Binks.
The walk will start at St Bees in Cumbria and finish at Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire and is expected to take two weeks. Taking in three national parks, Mr Binks said the biggest challenge would be the steepness of the hills.
The route takes him through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
"I haven't been able to do much hill training around here, but at times I'll be going more up and down than forward," said Mr Mills.
Father-of-two Mr Binks started his walk on Sunday. If you would like to pledge sponsorship money call his wife Mary on 01799 530864 or write to him at 6 Spencer Road, Great Chesterford, CB10 1PZ. He will travel out to the Ukraine in September to deliver the money.