Pompey fan finishes cross-country trek

SUCCESS Joe Churcher
SUCCESS Joe Churcher
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POMPEY fan Joe Churcher walked across the country to raise more than £2,300.

Joe, who was born in Gosport, walked from the coast of Cumbria to the shore at Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire with other visually impaired hikers.

He suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that leads to a gradual loss of sight, making the challenge even more difficult.

The group completed the trek in 10 days, raising more than £30,000 for RP Fighting Blindness.

He said: ‘It turned out to be even more challenging than we could have imagined.

‘It was tough mentally and physically, and there were times when I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to make it. The most challenging part was coming down steep climbs.

‘There were times when it was like scenes out of the Crimean War. There were a couple of doctors every morning doing a foot clinic, and it was like a war scene with people screaming and crying while they dealt with their feet.

‘Even in the darkest days, everyone was still laughing and joking and the support was just amazing. We couldn’t have done it otherwise.

‘The night we arrived in Robin Hood’s Bay, you look back and think “wow, I literally walked across the country”.’