After completing the third leg of his amazing trek around the coast of Britain, 80 year-old Church Steward Derek Adams was back in Aylesbury in time for Wednesday's house group coffee morning!
Having started this leg in mid-March in Hartlepool, where he ended the second leg last year, he trekked into, and to the top of, Scotland, including Orkney and Shetland. He is seen at the Aith RNLI station on Shetland, the most northerly one in the UK.
The first and second legs last year took him from Lee-on-Solent on the south coast to Hartlepool on England's east coast. So far, he has covered about 1,400 miles and walked up to 20 miles a day, when the weather and conditions have allowed.
He is raising funds for the NHS, RNLI and the British Heart Foundation. On his Just Giving page, Derek says,, "I'm looking to raise money for all of these historic and caring charities who help us when we are in need, or are working hard to make breakthroughs in treating heart disease.. My aim is to – eventually! – walk around the coastline of Great Britain, covering 5,000 miles! I'll be doing this one month at a time over the 5 years leading up to my 85th birthday.
"Any contributions gratefully received; ideally I am looking to raise an equal amount for each of the charities. This page allows you to donate to three different Derek Adamses* below, the first one is walking for the RNLI, the second is walking for the NHS and the third for the British Heart Foundation. Pick which you prefer, or give each of them a donation!
* It's purely for admin purposes, we haven't been seriously mis-using cloning technology!"