Travelling to the edges of the UK in wife’s memory

ON TRACK:  Mike Homer
ON TRACK: Mike Homer

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A WIDOWER is planning to travel to the furthest reaches of the UK to raise money for the hospice that cared for his late wife.

Train buff Mike Homer intends to visit the furthest north, south, east and western train stations in the UK in just four days this May.

MUCH-MISSED: Mike's late wife Maureen

MUCH-MISSED: Mike's late wife Maureen

The 71-year-old from Fareham, who is is wheelchair-bound since contracting a virus in a swimming pool 20 years ago, wants to raise as much money as possible for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

It cared for his wife Maureen, who died last September, in her final weeks following a brain tumour.

The retired electronics engineer said: ‘Maureen was in The Rowans for five weeks and I was so impressed by them. Not just for the care they gave her, but for the care they gave me, our daughter and our grandchildren.

‘They even sent someone to talk to our grandchildren, James and Thomas, to speak to them about what had happened to granny.’

He will be joined on the journey by his daughter Elizabeth Dacombe and is paying for the travel using a seven-day All-Line Rail Rover pass, which will not come out of the money raised.

‘I’ve done sponsored railway journeys before, but this is the biggest one. I hope it catch people’s imaginations. I’m absolutely crackers on trains and as I’m not allowed to drive any more because of my illness I use them a lot anyway.

‘The journey times and the changeovers are tight in certain areas, but I’m confident I can do it.’

Mr Homer will be in Fareham Shopping Centre on May 7 from 9am to 3pm drumming up support.

He can be sponsored online by logging on to

The Big Plan

DAY ONE: 6.23am Fareham to Bristol Temple Meads; 9.13am Bristol to Penzance; 2pm Penzance to Paddington (tube to Euston); 9.15pm Euston to Fort William

DAY TWO: 10.19am Fort William to Mallaig; 4.05pm Mallaig to Glasgow.

DAY THREE: 7.06am: Glasgow to Inverness; 10.38am Inverness to Thurso; 8.46pm Inverness to Euston.

DAY FOUR: 9.38am Liverpool Street to Lowestoft; 12.58pm Lowestoft to Liverpool Street; 5.09pm Waterloo to Fareham