A great-grandfather raised £12,000 for charity after pledging to walk 10 miles (16km) a day throughout 2022. The 73-year-old finished the final lap on New Year’s Eve.
Tony Cunningham of Coventry walked the circuit of the city’s War Memorial Park to raise money for Molly Olly’s Wishes – a charity that helps children with life-threatening illnesses.
Molly Ollys Wishes was established by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s following the death of their eight-year-old daughter Molly. Molly was diagnosed with Wilms tumour – a rare kidney cancer – aged three.
Mr Cunningham chose the Warwickshire-based charity because it resonated with him. His wife, Jackie, died from lung cancer in 2021.
Walking 10 miles a day is a tough ask for most people. At 73, it’s a tough ask. Mr Cunningham admitted that he had to push himself – especially when the poor weather conditions kicked in.
Fortunately, the great-grandfather had plenty of support from family members and the local public. Some of them would join him on his walk to keep him company. Even the Lord Mayor of Coventry, John McNicholas, joined him for the last leg.
The feat is even more courageous when considering that Mr Cunningham has had a quadruple heart bypass operation. He is an inspiration to us all.
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So take inspiration from Mr Cunningham and put on your walking shoes. And if you need more encouragement, maybe you could think about walking for a charity that sits close to your heart.