Father and son go the extra mile in memory of loved one

Father and son Russell Milner, 40, and Reece Milner, 12, who walked 100 miles from the Lake District to Yorkshire in memory of Russell's step mum Alison Milner, 72, who died of cancer two years ago.

Father and son Russell Milner, 40, and Reece Milner, 12, who walked 100 miles from the Lake District to Yorkshire in memory of Russell's step mum Alison Milner, 72, who died of cancer two years ago.

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Father and son Russell and Reece Milner are this week’s worthy We Can Do It T-shirt winners after they embarked on a gruelling walking challenge in memory of a loved one.

Russell, 40, and his 12-year-old son, Reece, trekked from St Bees in the Lake District to Keld, North Yorkshire over seven days.

The feat saw them clock up more than 100 miles and raise just under £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Hampshire Asbestos Support and Awareness Group.

Russell, of Copnor, Portsmouth, took up the challenge because his stepmother, Alison Milner, 72, died of mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, two years ago.

He says: ‘It was definitely the motivational factor for me wanting to do this.

‘Reece was really keen to get involved too. I warned him how tough it would be, but he took it all in his stride.

‘We did plenty of training, about six months’ worth, so we felt prepared.’

He adds: ‘Though it ended up being incredibly tough, we were really glad we did it.

‘I’m delighted with the amount of money we’ve been able to get together. I had only set myself a target of £500.’

Russell is now setting his sights on a greater challenge. He plans to take part in next year’s British Gas Great North Swim, held in Windermere this year.

He says: ‘Both charities are fantastic and I plan to raise money for them again.’

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