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Big bunny will raise money for charity

A children's entertainer will walk more than 100 miles to London – dressed in a 7ft rabbit costume.

Sean Lobban is guaranteed to turn a few heads as he treks from Portsmouth to the capital in aid of charity.

But he won't be the only one attracting attention.

He will be leading a group of other entertainers, including an escapologist, a juggler and a magician on the fundraising mission.

The mammoth hike will take place over five days in May for the Anthony Nolan Trust, the leukaemia charity.

Dubbing the event, dubbed the Magic Trek, he hopes they will raise more than 5,000.

The 43-year-old, from Cosham, Portsmouth, said: 'It was in about the middle of last year I started to realise that I was quite lucky and life was pretty good.

'My kids are going well and I'm enjoying my living so I thought I would do something to help others.'

Six other entertainers have pledged to go on the walk – Laurie Brokenshire, Ian Marriott, Rod Newman, Glen Stone, Harold Straker and Jason Waskett, but Mr Lobban is keen to spread the word.

The group hopes to rally more to their cause as they travel from city to city stopping off en-route to see other magic acts.

The idea to help the Anthony Nolan Trust came about after he was hired by the charity to perform at an event in Belfast.

'I wanted to do some sort of event.

'I've had the rabbit costume for a few years and it seemed to be the ideal thing for a charity walk,' he said.

The 106-mile hike will start from the Portsmouth and District Magic Circle base at Buckland Community Centre in Buckland, Portsmouth on May 5.

KEEP ON WALKING...

For their first leg, the motley bunch will walk about 17-and-a-half miles to the home of the Associated Wizards of the South in Southampton.

The next day, they will walk to the home of the Winchester Magical Society, about 13 miles.

On Thursday they will walk another 19 miles from Winchester to Basing-stoke.

On Friday it's 16 miles to see the Home Counties Magical Society in Reading.

From there it's 19 miles to Windsor on Saturday.

The last day of the trek is also the longest – 22 miles to London on May 10.

>>> For more information or to receive an entry form, contact Sean Lobban on (023) 9271 7568 or e-mail sean@magictrek.org.uk

>>> To learn about the Anthony Nolan Trust visit anthonynolan.org.uk

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