Charity walk from Skegness to remember Philpott children

Charity walk to commemorate the children who died in the Derby house fire.

Charity walk to commemorate the children who died in the Derby house fire.

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A moving tribute is being paid by dedicated friends and family of the children who were killed in a Derby house fire through a charity walk in their memory.

The group of 13, including the grandfather of the six Philpott children, travelled over and set off from Skegness Clock Tower today to embark on an 80-mile trek.

Grandfather Jimmy Duffy was joined by his son, Keiron, Bryan Mosley, godfather of Jesse Philpott, godmother Jeannie Dunnan and many friends of the family with the aim of covering around 20 miles per day in the hope of finishing in Osmaston Park, Derby, on Saturday for a fun day.

The fun day has been arranged on the first anniversary of the fire and the family also hope to raise for the charity Catch Me When I Fall, set up after the tragic fire and is used to help children in the Derbyshire area.

Michael Ryan, friend of the family, said before setting off, “We are hoping to raise as much money as we can and give something back to the community.

“We have never done anything like this before but with the help and hospitality of the public along the way, we are hoping to be back in Derby for Saturday.”

The walkers decided to start the journey in Skegness because the children used to enjoy holidaying here with their father, Mick Philpot who along with Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley, were all found guilty of starting the blaze which tragically killed the youngsters.

The group will be sleeping en route in campsites and plan to walk from Skegness to Benington then Benington to Asworby (tomorrow Wednesday), Asworby to Belvoir Castle and on Friday to a campsite near Bulwell, Nottinghamshire.

On the Saturday the group will travel to Osmaston Park, Derby.

Mr Duffy, grandfather of the children, father of Mairead Philpott, said he would ‘like to give something back to the community and the Derbyshire area’ despite the walk being a strain for him physically.

So far, the team has raised around £2,500 to £3,000 but are all hoping to raise much more for the Catch Me When I Fall charity.

To find out more about the charity visit its Facebook page or email catchmefacebook@hotmail.co.uk

- See next week’s paper (Wednesday, May 15) to find out how they got on.