Chris and Luca go the extra mile

Luca Fiore (on stilts) and Chris Beevor are hiking from Dorset to London to raise money for AYME and 1st Benwick Scouts.
Luca Fiore (on stilts) and Chris Beevor are hiking from Dorset to London to raise money for AYME and 1st Benwick Scouts.
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Two Benwick Scouts are going the extra mile to raise money for charity – more than 200 miles to be exact.

Chris Beevor (13) and Luca Fiore (14) are joining other Scouts to hike from Brownsea Island in Dorset to Gilwell Park in London next month.

They will be raising money for the 1st Benwick Scouts and charity the Association of Young People with ME (AYME), as Chris’ sister Caitlyn (14) has the condition.

The teenagers are leaving for Dorset on August 4 and are expected to reach Gilwell Park, the Scouting HQ, on August 18. They will be walking up to 20 miles per day and camping at Scout sites along the way.

Scout leader Rod Glen said: “The expedition was planned simply as a challenge for the scouts to give them an adventure and an experience they won’t forget. But when Chris and Luca asked if they could get sponsorship to help Caitlin, the leaders and I were both surprised and impressed. We were absolutely stunned when they told us they wanted half the money raised to go to the Scout group.

“We never expected this, so are delighted by their generosity. The whole community should be immensely proud of their vision and determination – I know I am!”

Chris’ parents Ian and Lisa are also very proud of their son. ME causes a wide range of symptoms, including intense tiredness, aches and pains, and can make it very difficult to concentrate or perform everyday tasks easily. Caitlin struggles to do everyday things that teenagers take for granted, such as going out with her friends, and it can take days for her to recover.

Lisa said: “AYME is aimed not just at the person but at their family. Knowing there’s other people out there who have seen it, done it, got the T-shirt, is reassuring.

“There are forums as well. Caitlyn doesn’t use them but she knows they’re there if she needs them.”

• If you would like to sponsor Chris and Luca on their hike, visit www.justgiving.com/Ian-Beevor