Wisbech man takes Scottish hike in sister’s honour

Fundraiser Anthony Dann pictured with his sister Becky.
Fundraiser Anthony Dann pictured with his sister Becky.

An intrepid Wisbech explorer is gearing up for a 96-mile Scottish hike in honour of his “inspirational” sister.

Anthony Dann is aiming to complete the West Highland Way trail walk in just five days when he takes on the challenge next month in aid of the Spinal Research charity.

His sister Becky, 21, has battled spinal problems from a very young age and suffers from scoliosis (curvature of the spine). She has endured several operations over the years, and needs the use of a wheelchair most of the time.

Mr Dann said: “She is currently studying photography at university and is able to drive, so she doesn’t let her condition stop her.”

The 34-year-old will start his trek on Wednesday, September 16, and is aiming to complete it in five days.

“I just hope the weather is good to me, but in Scotland I’m not sure it will be,” he said.

The challenge will be the second National Trail walk Mr Dann has completed for charity. Last year he and a friend walked 100-miles along Peddars Way on the Norfolk coast, raising £2,000 between them for Spinal Research.

He now plans to walk every National Trail route in the UK and Scotland, with the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall running from England’s west to east coasts in his sights for next year.

Due to work commitments, Mr Dann set this year’s fundraising target at £500, but he has already raised £700.

Anyone wanting to sponsor him can visit his fundraising web page at: www.justgiving.com/Anthony-Dann2

Alternatively, donate £5 by texting QPNW66 to 70070.