Southsea man to walk for 20 hours in charity bid

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A DIABETIC man will go on a 20-hour walk to raise awareness of the condition.

Michael Bell was diagnosed two years ago and was told by doctors to lose weight.

The 59-year-old said: ‘I left the surgery, went to the seafront and started walking. I haven’t stopped since.’

The retired Royal Navy radio operator, of Southsea, who has since lost four stone, will make the 35-mile trek around Portsmouth on June 21 to raise money for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation.

He said: ‘When I told people about the walk they said ‘‘you can’t do that, you’re mad’’ but I think I can.’

Michael, who walks up to 15 miles a day, will begin his challenge at 4am near Portchester Castle, finishing at Portsmouth Guildhall at midnight.

It’s part of a campaign to get residents walking around the city as part of the city council’s Healthy Walks scheme.

‘Walking is the cheapest form of exercise,’ he said. ‘You don’t have to be fit and you can do it when you want.’

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