A father and son fundraising team from Immingham have completed a 35-mile walk in from the town, across the Humber Bridge and back, in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice.

A father and son fundraising team from Immingham have completed a 35-mile walk in from the town, across the Humber Bridge and back, in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice.

Richard Lake (left) and dad Denis braved the cold to raise money for the hospice by walking from Immingham Civic Centre to Hessle, over the famed Humber Bridge, and back again on Sunday 19 November.

The mammoth 75,000-step trek took the duo 13 hours and included a photo stop at the Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice charity shop in Barton-upon-Humber.

“It wasn’t a test of endurance or about completing the route in the quickest time,” explained Richard.

“It was about just completing the walk and raising some money for charity along the way.”

Richard, who is a keen cyclist, took to a Facebook Live video to keep his followers up-to-date with his progress on the day.

He said: “We have been fortunate with the weather – it was cold but we wrapped up well for that.

“Otherwise it was a nice, bright sunny day.

“The legs did begin to ache around the halfway mark though but we had a stop-off for some food when we crossed the Humber Bridge.”

And the walk across the famous landmark, which spans the River Humber between North Lincolnshire and the East Riding, brought back childhood memories for Richard.

“I was 12 when I first walked across the bridge,” he recalled.

“I think it was during a live ITV Telethon and I can remember a helicopter circling above and I was taking pictures on an old, disposable camera.”

The challenge completes a 12 months where Richard has undertaken several long-distance activities, mainly by bicycle.

He said: “I have just turned 41 and I am keen cyclist but that is through the fair-weather months.

“I can typically cover between 120 and 150 miles per week and I got into the hobby just over a year ago.

“During the year, I have taken part in four Sportives across the county, which has totalled more than 400 miles.

“That includes both Lincoln Grands Prix, the Ross Tiger and the Tour of Britain in North Lincolnshire.

“Walking long-distance is something I had not done before though and it was one item that was on my bucket list.”

Richard was also delighted to have his father Denis (right) alongside him for the walk. 

“I managed to convince my dad to come along with me for the walk.

“We started when it was dark and got back when it was dark but it was all worth it and hopefully we can raise some funds for the hospice.”

To support Richard’s efforts, please visit: https://yourevent.everydayhero.com/uk/richard-lake.

Print Friendly and PDFPrint Friendly
Flickr
Fundraising Regulator