Mammoth coastal walk raises £7,500 for charity

Charity Walk-George Cave (right) 24 and his brother Bill 19 are pictured with Dale Edwards-Chief Executive of ELF on the Sidmouth esplanade on Tuesday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 4088-10-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Charity Walk-George Cave (right) 24 and his brother Bill 19 are pictured with Dale Edwards-Chief Executive of ELF on the Sidmouth esplanade on Tuesday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 4088-10-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A Sidbury man has raised more than £7,500 for charity by walking the entire 630 miles of the South West Coast Path.

George Cave, 24, was inspired by a school friend who was diagnosed with Leukaemia three years ago to take on the monumental challenge.

He is due to finish tomorrow in Poole having walked non-stop for 32 days, raising money for Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF).

George, the son of Sir John Cave, who lives at Sidbury Manor and is Devon’s vice Lord Lieutenant, is looking forward to giving his legs a rest.

He has been averaging between 18 and 22 miles per day for more than a month, and on Monday walked a mammoth 28, all the way from Torquay to Sidmouth.

The 24-year-old, who is taking up a job with the London Olympics next month, said he had some free time and wanted to so something charitable.

Although a keen walker, he admits he decided to take on the challenge on a whim, and was very lucky with the weather given the time of year he attempted it.

George said: “Most people try and walk the path in June or July, fortunately we didn’t get any snow up on Exmoor!”

The South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest waymarked footpath, stretching for some 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

His friend Ollie, whose diagnosis with cancer in 2009 spurred George to support ELF’s research and patient care, walked with him on some of the journey through Cornwall.

And his younger brother Bill, 19, has been walking with him this week, when he arrived in Sidmouth to meet his family.

George said although he has done most of the walk by himself, he has been grateful for his support team, and the friends and family who have put him up for a night along the way.

Dale Edwards, chief executive of ELF, said: “Its absolutely fantastic George has decided to raise money for us and we are very proud of him.”

To donate to George’s total visit www.justgiving.com/georgecave.

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