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Father walks to raise money for school

PUBLISHED: 05:00 11 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:53 03 March 2010

A KESGRAVE father was given a hearty send off as he set off on three-week hike to raise funds for a school outdoor play area.

Colin Blyth is doing the solo 265 mile to help meet the £10,000 target needed for an adventure playground at Beacon Hill School in Ipswich.

A KESGRAVE father was given a hearty send off as he set off on three-week hike to raise funds for a school outdoor play area.

Colin Blyth is doing the solo 265 mile to help meet the £10,000 target needed for an adventure playground at Beacon Hill School in Ipswich.

The fighting fit 43-year-old opted to walk the Pennine Way to boost funds for the school where his daughter, Kathy, 13, is a pupil.

Mr Blyth, of Deben Valley, Kesgrave, planned to do the walk last year but it was called off because of the foot and mouth crisis.

So when he learned of the school's project for an adventure playground he was more than happy to step in – literally.

"I previously raised funds for my daughter's primary school so I wanted to do something for her secondary school.

"The school is looking to have an adventure trail – with ropes, bridges, swings to help with their co-ordination and as this is an outdoor pursuit I thought it was appropriate."

The play area will help the pupils, some of whom have dyspraxia and autism, gain confidence and have fun.

Mr Blyth, who did a sponsored coast to coast walk in 1997, hopes to average 15 to 18 miles a day. He has been training at the gym in Crown Pools and had a walking weekend away.

He is starting and ending his journey by rail and thanked Anglia Railways Central train services, North Western Trains and GNER for donating tickets.

Businesses or individuals who would like to contribute to the project please contact Elaine Talbot at Beacon Hill School on 601175.


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