267 miles travelled, 85 hours walked, 594,937 steps taken, 35,183 calories burned. Steve Double, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for St Austell and Newquay has certainly walked 'at the double' to get from the Eden Project to Westminster, arriving safe and sound (but sore!) on Thursday 26th June.
Walking through 8 counties in a little less than two weeks, the intrepid walkers Steve and his wife Anne have raised £5,000 and counting for local charities Cornwall Air Ambulance and Children’s Hospice South West.
Commenting on his journey, Steve said, ‘Cornishmen have been marching to London for over 500 years so it seemed the natural thing to do in order to demonstrate my commitment and determination to be elected as the next MP for St Austell and Newquay’.
‘I set out to encapsulate my hopes for next year by undertaking a symbolic journey to Westminster from our beautiful home of Cornwall, while also raising money for two great local charities. We have been simply blown away, both by the monetary donations received, but also by the sheer generosity of both our friends from Cornwall, many of whom joined us along the way, and the people we met along the route, who could not have been more supportive.’
Steve, who has recently been named both Ladbroke’s bookmakers and Ashcroft Polls’ favorite to win the St Austell and Newquay seat at the next election, went on to say, ‘Our feet are sore, but the sense of achievement we feel for completing this challenge is like nothing else. I am now looking forward to returning to Cornwall to continue my campaign for next year – if I am elected I will definitely be taking the train!’
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