A KIRKCALDY man is planning to walk 150 miles over five days to raise more than £500 for High-5 Maggie’s.
Kenny Reilly (45), of Strathkinnes Road, only started walking recently as a way to get himself fit, but has really caught the bug and now walks everywhere.
He had originally intended to walk 500 miles to London, but gave up his ambitious plan after being told it was too dangerous.
He now intends to walk 150 miles over five days from the Forth Road Bridge through Edinburgh and Musselburgh down to Berwick-on-Tweed – and he has already raised £500 in sponsorship from family and friends.
Kenny said: “I am going to do the walk in fancy dress so that people will notice me along the way and maybe stop and give me some more money.
‘‘I will be dressed as Honey The Bear, so it is a bit different from an ordinary sponsored walk.
“A family member was recently diagonsed with lung cancer, and I have always admired the work that Maggie’s does in the community, so I decided that I wanted all the proceeds from my walk to go to the centre in Kirkcaldy.”
In preparation for the walk, which he plans to start on October 2, Kenny is currently spending several hours four or five days a week in the gym, as well as walking everywhere he can.
“I really started walking as a way to get myself fit, and it has just gone on from there,” he explained.
“I am getting a bus from Kirkcaldy bus station to the bridge.
‘‘Then I will walk across the bridge into Edinburgh, throught the city and out towards Musselburgh then down the coast to Berwick-on-Tweed.
‘‘I plan to walk about 30 miles a day and just stay over where I end up at the end of each day.”
Kenny has back-up support from friends who will follow him in a car, and he is being cheered on to the finish by his sons Brodie (13) and Joshua (11) who live in Pitlochry.
“I know it will be hard going, but I have been working hard to get fit and the thought of raising the money for Maggie’s will help to keep me going,” he said.