A FAMILY went on a 13-hour walk over the weekend to honor a father lost in a tragic motorcycle accident.
Gareth Nye and his family, from Newton-le-Willows, traveled 40 miles from Newton to Blackpool on Saturday to raise money for Child Bereavement UK and Diabetes UK.
The ‘Power to the Tower’ team set off around 6am and reached the finish line in Blackpool at 8pm.
Gareth said: “Everything went according to plan. We stuck to the schedule, so everything from that point of view was a success.
“We arrived in Preston at 2pm; it was the hardest part. There were lots of hills and country roads, and that was the problem the whole way; the road seemed to go on forever.
“It was that last leg between Preston and Blackpool that was the real killer. It was about five hours of the same route all the way.”
Despite the harrowing trek, Gareth and his 59-year-old father Chris, who underwent heart bypass surgery three years ago this week, reunited with their family at the finish line as they managed to make it to Blackpool in foot.
Gareth, 31, added: “The real boost was knowing that Joanne, Megan, Gracie and Cameron were all going to be there so we could all end up as a family crossing the line.
“It was emotional. We also had the support of both charities, and they had balloons and flags and cheering us on up front.”
Both charities have a place in the hearts of the Nye family, as Gareth’s daughter Gracie, five, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and her stepdaughter Megan, 13, lost her father in a motorcycle accident at the age of nine.
The 1 p.m. challenge hit its mark, with donations continuing to pour in.
Gareth, a lecturer in anatomy at the University of Chester, said: “I spent most of yesterday sitting there thinking how stupid it was to walk to Blackpool, but I think today I can look back and know that was a great achievement.
“We would like to thank everyone who has donated because we know times are really tough right now and people don’t have the money available to donate, but everyone who has donated, it’s is such a big thank you to them.
“I’m so proud of everyone who helped and participated; it was such a good feeling.”
To learn more about the Nye family history and to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com.