A Nottinghamshire man will be tackling a 52 mile walk to raise money for Sense, the national deafblind charity.
48 year old Mike Robinson from Ruddington, Nottingham, will be taking part in the Sense RidgeWalk on 18 June, a cross country hike following the Ridgeway, the oldest and one of the most scenic national trails in the UK. The hike which has to be completed in 24 hours, starts at midday and involves trekking throughout the night in order to cross the finish line by midday the following day.
Mike, who works as a Programme Office Manager at Openreach, was inspired to take part in the event and raise money for the charity in memory of his stepfather Rob Robinson who was a long-time supporter of Sense following the birth of his grandson Matthew who is blind.
Mike is no stranger to a challenge and often takes on two marathons a year. As part of his training he has been completing regular short walks around Rushcliffe Country Park with his dog Rocky.
Mike said: “I have high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome which will make walking with all those other people an extra challenge, but I’m hoping to complete the route in 18 hours. Thankfully my wife has been very supportive of my training which can be tough to fit around work and two young children. I have been waking up at 3.30am to fit in morning walks but knowing that I’m raising money for Sense in honour of my stepfather gets me out of bed.”
Mike is aiming to raise £500 for Sense, the funds raised will help deafblind children and adults overcome the isolation that they face on a daily basis and enjoy some of the things that most people take for granted. To sponsor Mike please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MikeRobinson666