An Ovington man is continuing to fundraise money for Cancer Trust UK after completing his 84 mile walk in September.

Local man, Gordon McIntosh,86, of Ovington, is on a continuous mission to fundraise for Cancer Trust UK.

He is continuing to fundraise for the charity as 'thank you' for help he received when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, to which he has been in remission for 16 years.

In 2005, Gordon walked the real Hadrian's Wall Path and raised over £1000 for the charity and wanted to do something to mark his remission.

Recalling the 2015 event for his inspiration, he said: "As I'm now 86 years old I'm thought it would be best to do less arduous walking conditions for my 2021 challenge."

In September, he completed his 84 mile 'Hadrian's Wall walk' , to which Gordon was able to imitate 'walking the wall' by walking 1 mile each day in Tyne Riverside Country Park in Prudhoe.

To mark the last mile in the park, a crowd of people who followed Gordon's journey joined him and enjoyed cake with tea & coffee afterwards. By gaining a lot of support on the fundraiser, Gordon was able to raise £1,836.72 from friends, family and supporters of his journey.

Although it was for the charity, it was also in a memory for his late wife Ann and his son’s Spanish sister-in-law Ima, who both died from cancer.

A few months later from his earlier fundraiser and Gordon is still raising money for the charity by walking more miles in parks and has raised £2,000,which has broken his own goal."

Amazed by how much support he has received, Gordon said: "I am very grateful for all the help and I am amazed by how much I have raised.

"As well as still receiving donations from friends and supporters, my son has also kindly donated to get me over the 2K, when he was over with me for a few days from Malaga."

By doing the walks, as well as Gordon's main aim of fundraising, Gordon has a personal gain of the walks by finding new friends and something to do instead of being alone in his house.

Gordon said: "Being on my own, since my son Ross moved to Spain with his partner, I look forward to my daily walks as I meet lots of kind people and their dogs, who support me."

Gordon also adds: "I would also like to say a heartfelt thank you for all those who have said hello , supported me and have offered encouraging words.

"It reminds me of Kate Adie saying “the Kindness of Strangers “I shall continue my daily walks as long as I am able."

Gordon also keeps active, by not only walking but also by keeping his wives memory alive by helping his wife's former club.

He said: "The Chat Club is Organised by Hazel Chalmers and her team of Volunteers and is well attended by the ladies of the village.

Gordon has also enjoyed several lectures at the chat club, he said: "Sam from Cruk came to the Reading Room in Ovingham with a colleague last week and gave a presentation to the Chat Club.