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10-year-old's 84-mile walk for charity

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Luke Maughan has been trekking the trails in preparation for his 84-mile walk across Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

The determined 10-year-old, of Bretherton, Chorley, has been getting out in all weathers with mum Helen in training for his epic expedition.

Over seven days, from July 27 to August 3, the adventurous pair will walk their way from Wallsend to Bowness, staying in bed and breakfasts along the route.

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Luke, who attends Bretherton Endowed primary school, said: “I want to raise as much money as I can for Derian House because it’s a really good hospice that does a lot for poorly children.

“I decided to walk across Hadrian’s Wall because I wanted a real challenge, and 84 miles is a long way!

“I’ve got some brand new walking boots and lots of plasters for the journey – I’ve got to make sure I’m prepared. I’m really looking forward to it but I’m hoping it doesn’t rain!”

Mum Helen, 44, said: “We have been getting out every weekend so that we’re ready for our big walk.

“I’m so proud of Luke for choosing to do something that will help others. I’m sure his determination will see him all the way to the end.”

Ellie Smith, Community Fundraiser at Derian House, said: “Luke is very brave to take on such a huge challenge and we wish him the best of luck!

“We couldn’t do what we do without our supporters, like Luke, who go out of their way to raise money for our 450 children and families.”

Inspired to act?

DONATE: You can donate to Luke’s fundraiser on his JustGiving page. Follow his journey on Facebook

SUPPORT: Find out more about Derian House and see how you can get involved:

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