Man walks 99 miles for cancer

Joseph Nowicki Derby walk
Joseph Nowicki Derby walk

A COURAGEOUS fundraiser endured three days of searing heat and sleepless nights to walk nearly a hundred miles in aid of a cancer charity.

Joseph Nowicki, 58, set off from Derby last Monday on his 99 mile sponsored hike, arriving in Skegness tired, dehydrated and blistered on Wednesday afternoon.

Having lost many friends, family and loved ones to cancer, Joseph dedicates much of his spare time and energy fundraising to help fight the disease.

Upon his arrival he said: “The walk was terrible, I’ve got blisters and my feet are the size of footballs. I’ve found it very dehydrating, especially in this heat but I’m pleased I’ve done it.

“It’s a big challenge but I love helping people.”

Money raised from his epic journey will be split between two hospitals providing care to cancer patients in the Midlands.

More than £1,000 was raised before Joseph even set off and he has collected further donations from passers-by en route throughout the journey.

Half of the donations will go towards a new chemotherapy suite in Derby and the other half will help Birmingham Children’s Hospital treat young cancer patients.

Joseph, who now lives in Derby, spent 30 years living in Skegness and has a daughter, Amanda, still living in the town.

Upon his arrival Amanda was there to greet her exhausted father and broke down in tears of admiration when she saw him.

Throughout the journey, Joseph was struggling with his own medical conditions, which made his efforts all the more commendable.

As a diabetic, the problems of dehydration and sugar levels were a constant hindrance and required him to drink 10 pints of water each day.

Without any designated overnight rest stops, the only sleep Joseph took came during brief interludes in parks or bus shelters along the journey.

After a few moments with his daughter, Joseph was on his way to Skegness Train Station to make his return journey on a more relaxing mode of transport.