Edinburgh to London - on roller skis

AN INTREPID Essex man is facing an uphill challenge after he agreed to a charity journey of 500 miles - on roller skis.

James Hore

AN INTREPID Essex man is facing an uphill challenge after he agreed to a charity journey of 500 miles - on roller skis.

Neil Howell, from Little Clacton, will be roller skiing all the way from Edinburgh to London to raise funds for Canine Partners.

The charity specialised in providing highly-trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

His “Little Big Walk” will begin in April next year and is the result of a mad idea that came to him after suffering a mild heart attack.

The Little Clacton adventurer said he had been inspired to raise funds for Canine Partners due to a close friend of his, Jay Denton, who has multiple sclerosis and is helped by his dog Drummer.

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“The charity is close to my heart.

“Seeing the difference Drummer has made to Jay's life is incredible and I'd like to do all I can to help Canine Partners continue its great work.

“My project is a little crazy but I am determined to rise to the challenge and succeed,” he said.

And during his 500-mile journey, Neil will also take part in the night marathon “SHINE” in Manchester on April 17 on behalf of Cancer Research UK.

Lindsey Hurrell, community fundraiser in Essex on behalf of Canine Partners comments, said: “Neil is setting himself a big task and we wish him all the best of luck.

“It is fantastic when people take on challenges to raise funds for charity, as it encourages others to do something different for a good cause.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Neil should visit www.justgiving.com/scotlandtoengland.