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30th Jun, 2022

Dedicated dad to walk Grand Union Canal in memory of late son

A FATHER is embarking on a fund-raising trek along the Grand Union Canal in memory of his late son.

Duncan Fewins from Loxley plans to walk the 137 miles along the canal from London to Birmingham and raise £7,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice, which cared for his son Sam who died shortly before his second birthday in 1993.

The 50-year-old said: “In the midst of this tragedy, Acorns provided Sam, myself and his immediate family with invaluable respite care.

“They also provided me with incredibly specialist care during and after Sam’s death. In particular, the professional and objective counselling I received kept me sane in a moment of deep personal crisis.”

And the dad-of-two is calling on people to join him along the way.

He added: “It costs Acorns £7,000 a day to run one of their three hospices, so I am aiming to raise at least that.

“I’m hoping friends, family and Acorns supporters will join me en-route and that they too will get sponsorship. The more the merrier!”

Duncan – who is a drama teacher and a playwright – will set off from the aptly named Seven-Grand Union Walk at London’s Little Venice on August 13, and hopes to reach Birmingham a week later.

Acorns provides specialist care to babies, children and young people and support for their families. It relies on fundraising to run its free services which costs some £10million every year.

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Duncan-Fewins to donate and email duncan.fewins@hotmail.com for details on joining the event.

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