Chef Sam takes on 20kg load for Blue Day 20-mile walk

He is a Commando and yet Sam Patrick (22) is still prepared to walk for the 2013 Blue Day from The Druids Arms in Portsmouth to Southampton carrying his full kit to raise funds for the good cause ''(left to right) Craig Thomas (31), Sheena Frost (33), Sam Patrick (22), Landlady Sue Castellano (56) and Mick Holland (60)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13907-5424)
He is a Commando and yet Sam Patrick (22) is still prepared to walk for the 2013 Blue Day from The Druids Arms in Portsmouth to Southampton carrying his full kit to raise funds for the good cause ''(left to right) Craig Thomas (31), Sheena Frost (33), Sam Patrick (22), Landlady Sue Castellano (56) and Mick Holland (60)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13907-5424)

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CARRYING 20k on his back, Sam Patrick will be doing a 20-mile fundraising walk.

The 22-year-old of Eastern Road, Portsmouth, is a chef for the Plymouth 29 Commando Regiment.

In July he will be walking from Southampton to Portsmouth, complete with 20kg on his back.

He is fundraising for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, and is backing this year’s Blue Day.

He said: ‘My aunt died from the cancer mesothelioma, and my mum is in remission after getting treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

‘Because of that, I like to support cancer charities.’

Sam is a regular at The Druid Arms pub, in Binsteed Road, Buckland, which has supported the cancer trust for several years.

It was here that Sam first heard about the charity.

‘I wanted to walk and carry 20kg. So when I looked on a map, I saw Southampton was 20 miles away and decided to start from there,’ added Sam.

‘I haven’t done anything like this before, but I’m looking forward to it.

The charity is inspired by the bravery of Tom Prince, who died of bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday.

Blue Day, which this year takes place on April 19, encourages people to do all things blue in order to raise money for the trust.

It’s something landlady Sue Castellano has done for several years.

She said: ‘What Sam’s doing is brilliant.

‘We’ll be supporting him here and will hold a curry night, with money from that going to the charity.’

To get involved in Blue Day, you need to register your event at tomprince.co.uk.

The News will automatically be notified and you will be added to our roll of honour.

Or call (023) 9262 2131.

Also, the charity is now taking text donations. Send a text to TPCT13 with the amount you wish to donate and then send it to 70070.