Intrepid Suffolk fundraiser Andy Blacker is now halfway through his latest charity expedition- this time to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Mr Blacker, who has multiple sclerosis (MS), has completed 150 of the 300 miles despite having to overcome the challenges posed by his condition.

In total, he has collected £14,500 for charities, having started his walks- or 'hobbles'- in March 2021 when he was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore, who became famous during the COVID-19 lockdowns for walking 100 lengths of his garden to raise money for the NHS.

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Ipswich Star: Fundraiser Andy Blacker with Ipswich mayor Lynne MortimerFundraiser Andy Blacker with Ipswich mayor Lynne Mortimer (Image: Charlotte Bond)Since then, he has completed treks along Felixstowe seafront and Cliff Road/Landseer Road in Ipswich to raise money for a variety of good causes, including children’s charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and Ipswich-based homeless organisation The Bus Shelter. 

His latest effort is around the Landseer Road area and he said he was going out three times a week and completing approximately a mile each time.

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On Friday, he was joined by Ipswich mayor Lynne Mortimer to help him celebrate his 'Halfway Hobble' achievement.

Ipswich Star: Andy Blacker is aiming to complete 300 miles for the air ambulanceAndy Blacker is aiming to complete 300 miles for the air ambulance (Image: Charlotte Bond)Mr Blacker said: "I am proud to have reached the halfway mark.

"The only thing is that because MS is a progressive illness, it is tiring doing two miles a day each day. I am only managing a mile a walk now because it just ends up being a shuffle if I do it further and it becomes unsafe.

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"It is just the way it is with a progressive illness such as MS, but I shall still keep walking even if I only manage half a mile."

He is already planning future fundraisers for vets' charity PDSA, MS support Suffolk Help in Multiple Sclerosis (SHIMS) and the charity Families in Need (FIND).

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