Wisbech St Mary man walks 93 miles for best friend’s appeal

Jacob Troughton is walking Pedders way for the Billy Lee fund ANL-151204-175345009
Jacob Troughton is walking Pedders way for the Billy Lee fund ANL-151204-175345009

A man has taken on the challenge of a 93-mile walk to raise money for his best friend’s appeal to buy a prosthetic leg.

Jacob Troughton is hoping to raise at least £400 for the Billy Lee Back On My Own Two Feet appeal by completing the Peddars Way Coastal Walk in Norfolk.

Bex Lee receives a cheque from staff at Delamore Plants

Bex Lee receives a cheque from staff at Delamore Plants

People across Fenland have rallied round to help Wisbech St Mary man Billy by raising more than £70,000 to fund a new Helix 3d leg, which is not available on the NHS.

Surgeons amputated Billy’s right leg in January after he was diagnosed with a rare cancer.

His parents Spencer and Rebecca, known as Bex, are continuing the appeal and hope to raise an additional £37,000 to pay for two of the five-year services of the limb, which cost £18,500, to take Billy up to the age of 35.

The appeal total now stands at a fantastic £83,497.

Billy and Jacob have been friends for seven years after meeting at Neale Wade Academy, in March.

Jacob, 20, of Wisbech St Mary, began the 93-mile walk in Cromer and was due to finish yesterday evening in Thetford.

He said: “I wanted to do something to help Billy and to take on a bit of challenge.”

The fundraising has also been boosted by a total of £750 donated by Delamore Young Plants.

Staff at the Wisbech St Mary firm raised £561.54 with cake stalls, raffles and games. This was rounded up by managing director Wayne Eady.

Fundraising was also boosted this weekend with £1,800 raised during a bingo in Wisbech St Mary.

Mrs Lee said: “We are really grateful but we still want to keep momentum going.

“The response to the appeal has been incredible.”

If you would like to support Jacob email: troughtonposh@googlemail.com