Father and daughter complete charity trek

Derek Allan and daughter Ellie during their charity walk.
Derek Allan and daughter Ellie during their charity walk.

A father and daughter have completed a 65-mile charity walk along the Northumberland Coastal Route, raising more than £1,360 for charity.

Derek Allan and nine-year-old Ellie, of South Broomhill, walked from Berwick to Cresswell, in aid of brain injury charity Headway.

The trip, which started on Sunday, July 31, took three days, with overnight stops along the way and ended with a celebration ice-cream for Ellie and a cool drink for Derek.

They decided to help Headway after being inspired by adventurers James Cracknell and Ben Fogle.

Derek suffers from epilepsy and admires James Cracknell who continually rises to new challenges, despite suffering a head injury and getting epilepsy himself as a result.

Reflecting on the charity challenge, called Footprints for Others, Derek said: “It was a great walk and we loved this mission and I want to thank everyone for their kindness.

“We have more planned and with the support from this one we know we can walk many more miles for many more people.”

The inspiration to take on a fund-raising trek all started a few years ago, with a long walk for an ice-cream.

Derek, who is one half of Northumberland acoustic duo We Steal Flyers, said: “Two years ago, when Ellie was seven, we went on a spur-of-the-moment walk with two backpacks. We walked a 17-mile round trip to get an ice-cream from Cresswell.

“Since then, we have been casually training in the build-up to do something bigger and we decided to embark on the adventure of walking along the coastal route. We walked from Berwick to Cresswell – home of the aforementioned ice-cream.

“I have done many different kinds of fund-raising over the years, but now my focus is to raise money through walking. Spending it with Ellie was the perfect way to start.”

To support the cause, donate via www.justgiving.com/footprintsforothers