Cash boost for Tom Prince Cancer Trust thanks to pair of drag lads

IT'S A DRAG Luke Harman and Sam Farnfield dressed up. Inset, Tom Prince

IT'S A DRAG Luke Harman and Sam Farnfield dressed up. Inset, Tom Prince

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TWO Portsmouth lads raised £1,050 and counting after arriving at Bestival in drag.

Luke Harman and Sam Farnfield walked to the event from Bristol – more than 150 miles – in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Tom Prince

Tom Prince

It took them seven days to hike, each carrying backpacks weighing around 44lbs and a tent.

In return for a donation of a day’s wage, their friends set challenges along the way, including arriving at Bestival in drag and miming a tug of war across a road to make a car stop.

Luke, 28, from Havant, said: ‘It was hard. There were days when we struggled a lot.

‘We still have so many cuts and sores and lots of blisters.

‘At one point we thought we weren’t going to make it, but we managed to push through.

‘It felt incredible when we got there. It was an amazing sense of achievement.’

Luke and Sam had the idea a few years ago after it took Luke 15 hours to get to Glastonbury from Liverpool.

He was living in Bristol at the time and the following year the lads walked from Bristol to Glastonbury to raise money for Water Aid.

Keen to raise the stakes, they decided to take on the walk to Bestival in aid of the Portsmouth-based charity.

The trust was set up by Tom’s family shortly after he died from teenage bone cancer at his Southsea home in 2004. His dad Clinton, mum Adele and sister Emma work tirelessly towards raising £1m for research into the condition.

Luke has known Emma since college and Sam went to school with her, so the charity is close to both their hearts.

Sam, 28, from Southsea, said: ‘Emma is a good friend of ours and we wanted to do this for her. Everyone at the trust works so hard and they get little recognition for what they do so we wanted to do our bit to help them.

‘It’s a horrible illness for anyone to go through, let alone children – we just want to help them.’

To make a donation, see justgiving.com/Bestival2012

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