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Blackburn gym owner to walk 380 miles from Manchester to Eiffel Tower

Blackburn’s Symon Hughes travels 380 miles for Bleakholt Wildlife Sanctuary

A man takes on the colossal challenge of walking from Manchester to the Eiffel Tower to benefit an East Lancashire animal sanctuary.

Blackburn’s Symon Hughes begins the epic 380-mile journey on February 21 and hopes to raise £3,000 for the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in Edenfield.

Animal lover Mr Hughes said: “I raise funds to benefit Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary and every donation will help.

“I’m taking a 380 mile walk to the Eiffel Tower in Paris from Manchester Cathedral.

“I will start walking on February 21 and hope to achieve 27-30 miles a day.”

Mr Hughes, owner of The Fitness Bank and Girls on Top gymnasiums in Oswaldtwistle, said once he reached Dover he would cross the English Channel by ferry and when he landed in Calais he would begin the final leg of his trek towards Paris, before taking a selfie at the top. of the famous tower.

Lancashire Telegraph: Symon Hughes from Blackburn travels 380 miles for Bleakholt Wildlife Sanctuary

Lancashire Telegraph: Symon Hughes from Blackburn travels 380 miles for Bleakholt Wildlife Sanctuary

He continued, “I will take a pop-up tent and other small necessities, and stop at different hostels or hotels along the way to rest for the night.

“I’m not a heavy sleeper, so I’ll be looking to do it as fast as possible, early in the morning and late at night.

“Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me. I am a big lover of animals, especially dogs.

“Every penny will help.”

Lancashire Telegraph: Symon Hughes from Blackburn travels 380 miles for Bleakholt Wildlife Sanctuary

Lancashire Telegraph: Symon Hughes from Blackburn travels 380 miles for Bleakholt Wildlife Sanctuary

Mr Hughes says he has received quite a bit of attention since the challenge was announced and hopes with a little more push he can smash his target.

He said: “I don’t think I’ve ever done anything of this size and I think it shows in the attention it’s getting. Gofundme messaged them asking if they could contact various people because of its magnitude and for the first time, I’ve thought why not?

“I hope the walk will take me 14 days, and not a penny will go into my pocket, all the hotels I stop at on the way are out of my own pocket.

“I’m just a big animal lover, especially dogs, and I’ve seen what Bleakholt does and I really wanted to do this for them.”

So far Mr Hughes has managed to raise just over £1,500.

To donate, go to Gofundme.com/manchestertopariswalk

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