Caerphilly campaigner will take on 7,000 mile walk
5:31pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A CAERPHILLY campaigner will walk 7,000 miles for the charity who saved his grandfather’s life.
Gareth Axenderrie, 21, of Bedwas, will take a year off from his post at the Visit Caerphilly Centre to walk 7,000 miles around the entire Great British coastline to raise money for Velindre Cancer Care.
Mr Axenderrie was inspired to undergo the challenge after the charity treated his grandfather, Garfield Miles, for colon cancer.
The keen adventurer will begin the challenge on January 4, 2014, with the hope of completing the remarkable journey before Christmas 2014.
Only a handful of people have accomplished the walk since it was first completed by John Merrill in 1978.
Mr Axenderrie will be walking with the support of The Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough, Cllr Michael Gray, has kick started the fundraising effort.
Mr Axenderrie said: “The amazing people at Velindre Cancer Centre have been brilliant with many relatives and friends of mine over the last few years.
“Without them I would no longer have a grandfather.
“My 'Papa' was diagnosed with cancer of the colon a few years back, and at 85 many would have written him off there and then.
“However the good guys at Velindre give him a full blast of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and within a year he was back to his very best.
“Now nearly 90 years of age, he's looking forward to a helicopter ride to celebrate his birthday and 60th wedding anniversary.”
As part of the challenge Mr Axenderrie will be spending the trip camping in the wild while taking on rugged and remote terrain.
He added: I am really excited about the challenge and will be undergoing a solo 200 mile walk in Pembrokeshire in October to train for it.
“Everybody knows somebody who is going through some form of treatment for Cancer, more often or not in South Wales it is everybody at Velindre helping save these people's lives.
“It's not just how they treat people but also the manner in which they do it, treating people as individuals they are a shining example of how the NHS was always intended to be.
“My challenge is going to test me to my absolute physical and mental limits, much like what cancer patients go through every day.”
You can support Gareth by donating to his online sponsorship page at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/gbwalk.
You can also follow his journey on Twitter at @gb_walk and on Facebook at Great British Walk.
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