Friends walk 26 miles around Portsmouth for Tom Prince Cancer Trust

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THREE determined friends trekked 26 miles around Portsmouth, visiting 50 of the city’s cultural landmarks to raise cash for Blue Day.

Express FM’s Saturday Breakfast presenter Ian McGuiness and two friends were raising cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

STEPPING OUT From left, John White, Ian McGuiness and Matt Salvidge. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131279-720)

STEPPING OUT From left, John White, Ian McGuiness and Matt Salvidge. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131279-720)

The 45-year-old and Matt Salvidge, 34 of Guildford and John White, 30, from Southampton stepped out for their marathon walk after Ian finished his show on Saturday at 9am, taking photos as they went.

It saw them visit landmarks including Fratton Park, the Wedgewood Rooms, Blue Reef Aquarium, Hovertravel Terminal, Portsmouth City Museum and even go up the Spinnaker Tower.

Speaking at the start of the walk, Ian said he was looking forward to the challenge. He said: ‘We’re going up the tower, which is always good.

‘There are some great views up there.

‘We’re also going to feed some sharks at Blue Reef Aquarium.

‘We get to see the whole of Portsmouth – I’m not sure my feet are going to agree with me though.

‘We walked to the Needles on the Isle of Wight last year and when I took off my shoes I had a massive blister.’

Ian hopes to raise more than £500 for the charity, which is supported by The News each year on Blue Day.

On April 19 – the seventh Blue Day – thousands of people from across the city and beyond pulled together to raise thousands of pounds.

The charity was set up in 2004 by Tom’s family after he died from bone cancer osteosarcoma just before his 16th birthday. They aim to raise £1m towards research into the disease.

Businesses and schools across the area go blue to help raise the cash.

But Ian was too busy with his Express FM show to help out on the day, something he wanted to do.

Ian said: ‘Blue Day was a few weeks ago but I wanted to do something for it.

‘We’re going to raise some funds for it and raise some funds for cancer research.’

The trio were prepared for any weather, carrying backpacks with jackets in case the weather turned a bit nasty.

Shops and businesses in the area had also donated items for the trio to auction off to raise even more cash for the cause.