Trek along the south coast raises £1,500 for Tom Prince Cancer Trust

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FROM St Mary’s Stadium to Fratton Park, this group of runners and walkers has helped raise more than £1,500 for charity.

The group of 11 walked and ran 20 miles from Southampton to Portsmouth to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

The event was organised by 20-year-old Andy Muscat who used to know Tom and is friends with the Prince family.

Andy, of Highbank Avenue in Widley, said: ‘I thought it would be nice to do something a bit more challenging that would put people through their paces.

‘I hoped that because it was challenging it would raise more money.

‘It was tough. I did a mixture of walking and running.

‘I got to Portchester and everything started to fall apart.

‘I tried to keep the pace up but a lot of it was uphill which didn’t help.’

But when they reached Fratton Park there was a group of friends and family cheering them on.

Andy said it meant a lot to raise money for the charity. Tom Prince died a day before his 16th birthday in 2004 from bone cancer osteosarcoma.

The charity was set up by his family.

‘I knew Tom when I was growing up,’ said Andy.

‘I have always been close to the family and to the trust.

‘It makes it all the more worthwhile when you know what the money is going to be used for and what a difference it makes.’

Andy added that he is thrilled with how much has been raised – and more money is still coming in.

‘It’s amazing. It’s over three times what I expected,’ he said.

He added: ‘I’m aching a bit but it’s worth going through a bit of pain to know that the money is going to be there at the end of it.’

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