‘Viking’ walks the length of River Meon

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A HORNDEAN Viking re-enactor took to the water to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Wulfric Blackwell splashed his way along the River Meon from its source at Meon Springs near East Meon, to Hill Head harbour where it joins the Solent.

The 30-year-old raised more than £500 for the research charity as his grandmother Pamela Blackwell suffers with the mental deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s.

The spares co-ordinator with BAE Systems in Portsmouth said: ‘My grandmother Pamela has been in a care home for nearly four years and has suffered with Alzheimer’s for a few years longer.

‘She has had some dark times but recently, thanks to help and care, she has started to smile and become more responsive, and although she will never fully recover at least she is partly there, which is partially due to the good work done by Alzheimer’s Research.’

Wulfric walked the length of the 21-mile river – as often in it as on the footpaths beside it.